Morris & Spottiswood delivers multimillion pound Britvic transformation

Spencer Lee
Spencer Lee

Scottish-based Morris & Spottiswood has completed the latest phase of a major multimillion pound transformation at Britvic’s Rugby manufacturing site.

The Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth construction company has now delivered seven separate projects at the Rugby-based facility in a cluster contract lasting more than two years.

Morris & Spottiswood Director Spencer Lee said since securing the position of Britvic’s preferred construction services supplier the firm kick-started a major overhaul to maximise output capacity and increase production lines.

Work involved complex service installations and major civil engineering projects with a full range of M&E and refurbishment services. Design and build projects were delivered across the plant, including drink production lines, office areas and warehouses.

“Key elements of the latest £2.4million construction project involved the complete fit-out of a new portal frame warehouse,” said Mr Lee. “This included a roof-mounted plant deck, a cantilever canopy over a goods yard and a new toilet block. It also saw an M&E HVAC installation to enable a new production line.

“A broader £1.4million project saw a full range of mechanical and electrical services for the refurbishment of the Automated Goods Vehicle (AGV) area. This required design, installation, testing and commissioning works, including upgrades to electrical sub mains and distribution boards, lighting, small power installations, fire alarms and sprinkler systems. The project also included demolition works and an extension to the loading bay area.”

Morris & Spottiswood further worked alongside Britvic’s appointed designer delivering a full refurbishment to office space on site. The £300,000 project was undertaken in a live environment requiring careful scheduling and health and safety planning.

“Our in-house management teams and key account managers have been fully embedded with Britvic’s project teams throughout each project,” said Mr Lee. “This close communication enabled us to master each brief and ensure management decisions could be made quickly and efficiently. All work was programmed on a flexible basis to ensure minimal disruption. We continue to collaborate with Britvic’s project team, in line with our Key Account Management (KAM) strategy, to achieve their vision for the site and UK portfolio, delivering state of the art facilities.”

Morris & Spottiswood CEO Jon Dunwell said the two-year masterplan amounts to one of the biggest and most ambitious construction transformations within the UK food and drinks industry.

“We have now successfully delivered a large number of critical milestones for Britvic across multiple complex and high value projects, all of which have been completed to a high quality, safely, to budget and on time,” he said. “The wide-ranging work has ultimately enhanced Britvic’s capability and flexibility, driving further innovations across its product range. It further serves as a model case study demonstrating Morris & Spottiswood’ ability to deliver at the highest level.

“A close working partnership with the supply chain has ensured that our programme incorporated their requirements at all times. We have been able to deliver demonstrable cost savings throughout. These have been achieved through efficient working practices and subcontractors’ partnerships to ensure we deliver best value. Further savings have been delivered through early engagement, innovation and the use of in-house design and M&E expertise.”

Britvic Project Engineering Manager Adam Hartley said: “Morris & Spottiswood played a major part in helping us deliver one of the most transformational projects ever undertaken within Britvic. The final result at Rugby will be a fantastic showcase for M&S to demonstrate to future partners and represents the excellent business relationship we have had.”

Britvic Senior Category Manager Robert Wolfe said: “M&S have done a great job working in partnership with the Britvic project team to ensure the best proposal, plan, delivery and completion is achieved on time and on budget to the required quality and health & safety standards. Reporting of progress is robust with clear roles and responsibilities.”

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