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4 June, 2008 - 10:02 By Staff Reporter

Premier Foods to invest £1.3m at Bury St Edmunds facility

One of the country’s largest food producers is investing £1.3 million into a design and build project to increase food processing and warehouse capacity at its Bury St Edmunds production facility.

Premier Foods, the company behind brands such as Bisto, Hovis, Branston pickle, OXO, Mr Kipling cakes and Ambrosia, has contracted Suffolk’s ISG Jackson Special Projects to oversee the project.   It is one of three major contracts secured by ISG in May, which have a combined value of over £8 million. ISG will build a new ‘dry goods’ warehouse on site and extend the existing food preparation building, to enable Premier to increase production of its household brands. The steel frame, metal clad warehouse and food production extension, will be erected whilst the site remains live and fully operational. Due to the delicate nature of food storage, special measures are being introduced to maintain the integrity of the existing warehouse. The programme of works, scheduled for completion in September, includes the construction of a new cold room and freezer room rated to temperatures of -21ºC, in an existing part of the production facility. The site is on a flood plain and to mitigate the effects of any future flooding events within the 9,200 sq ft new dry goods warehouse, the building has been carefully designed with louvers around its perimeter up to a half metre height. Nothing will be stored below this level and ISG will also construct an office building within the structure above this half metre threshold.   The second deal is also ISG’s second project with the Flagship Housing Group this year, a £5m design and build project to construct a ‘Very Sheltered Housing’ scheme and Library in Kessingland near Lowestoft in Suffolk. At the Kessingland site, ISG Jackson will begin working on a two-storey traditionally constructed building which incorporates a modern Community Library and café, laundry, hairdressing salon and therapy room. The scheme also features a central courtyard, surrounded by 32, two-bedroom individual flats, with some for sale and others to rent. An archeological survey on the site recently uncovered Neolithic pottery and Roman grey-ware, suggesting that there was prehistoric occupation in the immediate vicinity. Due to commence in late April, the project is scheduled for completion in summer 2009. Flagship Housing has also given ISG the go ahead for the second phase of work at the former Moorlands care home site in Cambridge, worth around £2m and bringing the total value of this scheme to some £7m. The Moorlands project has to date seen the contractor build a new 35-flat ExtraCare facility adjacent to the existing Moorlands care home. Under the second phase residents will now move across and occupy the new building. ISG Jackson will demolish the old care home and build 19 homes and apartments in its place. The development of eight traditionally constructed houses and 11 new apartments will be used to help finance the ExtraCare facility.

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