Clugston to drive delivery of Able Group's £25m BMW facility

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 7 Mar 2017

ABLE Group has turned to Clugston Construction to deliver the £25 million new import centre for BMW at North Killingholme. 

The 6,000 sq m facility will be developed by the northern Lincolnshire specialist under a design and build contract with Durham-based Howarth Litchfield, who secured the appointment as architect and principal designer.

The 30-week build of the pre-delivery inspection facility is now underway, having been granted planning consent late last year. It will create 100 new jobs. 

Once complete, it will be used by BMW UK Ltd, with several thousand vehicles passing through annually to be prepared, cleaned and inspected on arrival in the Humber ports, before transportation to retailers throughout the country.   

Neil Etherington, business development director at Able  Group, said: “This current project for BMW is one of a number of major works we anticipate in the near future and we have selected a capable, experienced team to undertake it. 

“We are fully confident that the PDI will be completed and delivered on time and within budget.

“Able Humber Port, by any measure, is a major development of strategic significance. It has been earmarked by government as a key location for the marine renewable energy sector and is the biggest part of the UK’s largest enterprise zone. The contract with BMW is an important element in continuing progress and we are delighted to be working with such a strong and committed team of professionals.”

The building, which involves a slab foundation, portal frame steel structure and external cladding, will also involve construction of a new reception area at ground floor and offices and support accommodation on a mezzanine floor.  Specialist vehicle washing and preparation equipment will be installed.

Clugston managing director, Steve Radcliffe, said: “Due to the project’s proximity to our head office in Scunthorpe and our 80-year association with the region, Clugston Construction will endeavour to use its established local supply chain wherever possible.

“We are looking forward to working with Able and Howarth Litchfield and through collaboration and teamwork we will seek to minimise the impact of our construction activities on the ongoing site operations.”

Howarth Litchfield was selected based on experience in the automotive, commercial and industrial sectors. 

Director Neil Turner said:  “We were very pleased to secure this appointment and hope that it marks the start of a longer term relationship for Howarth Litchfield at this site where Able Group has exciting and ambitious development plans.

“We enjoy continued success in the commercial, industrial and automotive sectors, where we have sound experience of designing and building the kind of structure required for this project. We will be liaising closely with all our project partners to ensure that we meet the design and delivery criteria of both BMW and Able as we seek to develop an elegant building design solution.”

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