Victrex Aptiv2 Development, Thornton Cleveleys

High-quality two-storey extension to plant building, plus new reception and office space
Victrex Manufacturing
4,650 sqm
April 2014
Harrison Pitt
Client's Specification


Design and construction of a three-storey production building together with associated plant rooms, transformer/switch rooms, reception annexe, offices and amenities area for Victrex Manufacturing.

Victrex is a world leading manufacturer of high performance polymers, including the highly versatile VICTREX® PEEK polymer.

These materials are used in a variety of markets allowing OEMs and end-users to reach new levels of cost savings, quality, and performance.Construction works included the design, supply and installation of all mechanical, electrical and lift services, external works and drainage.

The new state-of-the-art Victrex building comprises of piled and ground beam foundations, ground bearing in-situ concrete ground slab construction with service trenches steel frame.

The scheme includes suspended pre-cast concrete  slab first  floor/access  walkway and second floor plant room and plant deck, steel staircases, insulated composite roof and wall panels, polyester powder coated aluminium doors/windows and reception area, blockwork/metal stud internal walls, together with internal doors, associated finishes and fixtures and fittings.

waste-recycled   98.8% Waste recycled            ccs-score   38/50 Considerate Constructors score            sqft-distribution-space   4,650 Sq m production facility

Key Challenges

The adjacent Victrex production building remained fully operational for the duration of the project. We ensured offered full segregation of construction activities from facility users, visitors and the public by use of hoardings, netting and security staffed entrance/exit points.

Material deliveries were scheduled to avoid peak periods in agreement with Victrex.  We utilized specific techniques for reducing noise, eg, positioning of equipment to reduce noise and vibration levels, use of mobile noise screens, assessment of working hours and planning of the works to reduce impacts.

Where possible we used pre-fabrication off-site to reduce noise levels and material storage spaces.

The Site Manager developed a dust control strategy whereby the site monitored dust levels and anticipated any future issues with measures implemented in response to any rise in level.

Added Value

Our team proposed a number of value engineering alternatives.

This included a water proof concrete product for the service trenches in response to the scheme’s location within an area with a high water table.

We worked closely with the client when the design was significantly changed at their request; and we offered an accelerated programme to accommodate the delivery of some high specification equipment bespoke to the needs of the facility.

Client Feedback

“Victrex is a world class business which invests millions of pounds in innovation, research and development each year to be a global leader in its field. It is vital for businesses like Victrex to have the very best facilities.”
Richard Parker
Architect, Harrison Pitt Architects

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