North Lincolnshire building and civil engineering firm Britcon has started works on site with a major contract to extend the Leeds site of Vickers Oils.
The complex project involves the construction of a 5,500 sq ft two-storey, riverside building to house a first-floor laboratory with roof plant area and ground floor storage facility.
Vickers Oils is a family-run company which has been based at its Clarence Road site in Leeds for almost 140 years. The company holds market leading positions worldwide in the marine and textile markets.
The laboratory extension is part of a substantial investment by Vickers Oils to update its existing 50-year-old laboratory buildings and consolidate into a more modern facility with improved extraction, heating and ventilation. It has already installed a new boiler house and tank farm and demolished the existing structures to make room for the new laboratory.
Chris Wholley, Technical Director at Vickers Oils said: “Our environment acceptable marine lubricants have helped our business to grow significantly in recent years following legislation that requires the worldwide shipping industry to make changes. This has allowed us to invest in our plant and relocate our wet chemistry function into the new laboratory whilst keeping our mechanical testing and offices in the old buildings.
“The challenge to Britcon is no mean feat as they are required to manage the construction project alongside mechanical and electrical installation and laboratory outfitter simultaneously in a very short timescale. We are extremely pleased with the efficiency of the Britcon team so far.”
Britcon MD Paul Clarkson said: “We are pleased to be working with Vickers Oils to deliver this significant project which will help to facilitate further growth for a market leader. The project is complex and challenging but we have the expertise and value engineering capacity to deliver. We are also in discussions to carry out phase three of the project to install energy efficient windows, a new façade to the existing building and refurbishment of the old laboratories.”
Established for more than 25 years with a team of over 90 people in the UK, Britcon has a depth of experience working within the chemical and petrochemical sector. Clients include Lindsey Oil Refinery, BASF, Kemira Chemicals, and Associates British Ports.