Morrisons – Fish Processing Factory

Gordons helped Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc to establish itself as the first major UK retailer to launch its own fish production operation.  Richard Piper prepared and negotiated the contract documents.

The project required the conversion of a 105,000 sq ft empty food processing factory at Grimsby into a specialist manufacturing unit for cod, haddock, salmon and high care shellfish.

The fit out project was based on a specialist manufacturing contract for constructing the layout and assembly of complicated factory line production feeds.  The development also required the fit out of new office space, changing room facilities and kitchens, along with the construction of a new build smoke house extension.  A number of direct, equipment supply agreements were also negotiated with several overseas companies for specialist fish processing plant equipment and refrigeration works.

One of the challenges for the team was ensuring that the main contractor remained responsible for delivering the project on time despite having to share possession of the site at different times with the various directly appointed specialist process plant engineers.  Various sectional completion dates were also required to ensure that parts of the site became operational as soon as practically possible.  A significant risk lay in the several inter-dependent connections between the various contractors and engineers throughout the project.

Morrisons had a tight seven month timetable to get the facility up and running in advance of the pre-Christmas season.  Gordons assisted Morrisons in achieving this deadline, which was essential for Morrisons.

The completed development now supplies 470 superstores with 10,000 tonnes of fish per year and has created 200 jobs in the region.

Please contact Richard Piper to discuss construction.