Early design stage involvement with the Princi pal Contractor, steelworker and façade specialist was key to the successful completion of the new 24,000m² operations facility for MM Flowers and MMUK (Grape). Our snag free installation was programmed within an overall 46 week work programme to the project, which is situated at the old airfield at Alconbury Weald , near Huntingdon , Cambridgeshire.
MMUK is part of the global AMC Group ,which has centres across the USA, Canada, South Africa, Spain and Chile , and works with growers across 20 countries worldwide to provide year round integrated tree to table products for fruit, juice and ice creams. MM Flowers is the UK’s leading ,vertically integrated cut flowers specialist , supplying major UK and European retailers.
Currently based in two separate buildings in Chatteris , the relocation to Alconbury Weald will enable the businesses to bring together Flowers and Grape teams into a modern , purpose built facility , creating one of the largest fresh produce facilities in the UK. Our 150mm powder coated aerofoil fins above the east elevation ribbons windows and larger 400mm fins to the east elevation entrance area / south elevation curtain walling complimented the overall contemporary design which includes a three storey office , storage and processing areas , loading docks and associated external works and landscaping. The vast supporting structure uses approximately 1,680 tonnes of British steel from Scunthorpe. The 15m high building is then clad in the latest insulated panels , delivering the industry’s highest thermal performance , superior fire protection and enhanced environmental credentials.
A construction project of this magnitude requires specialist expertise in order to ensure the building meets the specific needs of the client and drawing on our years of experience , we were able to clearly map out a design that met the required operational and functional demands of the client.