Carrington Gateway (HIMOR) Rationalisation

New logistics office and service yard
8,000 sq ft
AEW Architects


This project consisted of a new logistics office and service yard within existing petrochemical COMAH site and refurbishment of existing single storey brick clad HSEQ building.

The works also included the refurbishment of 2 No weighbridge units, a serviced GRP security cabin, concrete remedial and repairs to the existing SHEQ car park, installation of new bases and compounds for client supplied generators together with the installation of suitable infrastructure to receive our clients incoming services

The scheme was delivered on time and on budget despite the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic during he course of the works and EWC ensured compliance with all government guidelines during this period.

Key Challenges

Whilst we were working for a developer client, another challenge faced was ensuring effective communications with the other key stakeholders including the ultimate client Bassell, who we worked with collaboratively via regular meetings with the Site Manager to ensure that their business activities could still function effectively during the intrusive works we were delivering.

The ground conditions on site proved to be particularly difficult with a mixture of running sand and peat.  EWC successfully utilised de-watering techniques to manage the operations successfully. EWC facilitated the archaeological works mitigating the works to a Roman road found on site through careful sequencing of the works to mitigate the impact to the programme.

The initial key challenge faced was the fact that the site was a COMAH site and all of our staff, consultants and supply chain partners were required to undergo a site specific induction to ensure work safety in the “live” environment.

Added Value

The EWC team developed key relationships with the Lyondellbasell manufacturing and process teams to ensure that the construction of their new facilities did not impact on their commercial operation. The collaborative approach adopted by all parties ensured that safety was at the fore front of all the planning, implementation and monitoring of the construction activities taking into cognisance the increased risks associated with petro chemical site.

EWC enhanced their safety standards as dictated by the working environment on the COMAH site ensuring that the safety culture at key interfaces between the construction and petro chemical operations were seamless. Simple examples included the utilisation of the permit system employed by Lyndellbasell and changing work clothes to reflect the risks posed. EWC formulated delivery schedules to minimise disruption to the wider site and communicated this plan and subsequent changes to ensure a no surprize culture was pervasive. EWC designed and constructed the facilities taking into consideration the blast requirements for the envelope engaging with specialist designers and sub-contractors to achieve compliance.

Whilst on site, EWC demonstrated a positive safety culture which resulted in works being completed to additional areas in high risk areas to the client’s satisfaction.

“EWC provided us with early engagement to provide us with some high level budget advice, commentary and realistic assumptions based on some historic design information we provided and this gave the Employer the confidence that they could proceed on a more formal basis. EWC’s clearly understood the clients and stakeholders requirements, particularly as this was a COMAH site and their approach throughout was professional, collaborative and open, engaging with consultants, suppliers and subcontractors alike at an early stage, which resulted in a very positive relationship with our client.”
James Kitchen
Associate for Ridge and Partners LLP

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