In January 2005, exceptional levels of rainfall combined with high tides in the Solway Firth, causing the three rivers that converge in Carlisle to burst their banks. The floodwater devastated many homes and businesses, including United Biscuits’ (UB) huge biscuit manufacturing facility in the town. The entire ground level of the plant, including offices and manufacturing facilities, was inundated with up to nine feet of water.
Once the waters subsided, the firm’s first task was to assess the damage and begin clean-up operations. The priority from the start was to get biscuit production under way again as quickly as possible, and the company identified a need to bring in temporary buildings to house certain key functions.Solution :
The firm’s insurers, Zurich, called in preferred supplier Portakabin to get temporary accommodation on site as quickly as possible. A team from Portakabin visited the Carlisle plant to assess the company’s requirements.
Portakabin installed three high-quality buildings on the UB site. The delivery required a road closure, which meant it had to be carried out on a Sunday to minimise disruption.
One building now acts as a security reception, fitted with a disabled persons’ toilet and kitchen. The second is a large Titan building, which has become the plant’s occupational health centre, complete with two treatment rooms, a waiting room, toilets, a testing area and an office. The third building is fitted out as a micro-lab, providing a clean, well-equipped environment for the firm’s technical teams.
For these buildings Portakabin provided its full range of additional services – offering a one-stop-shop solution – including climate control in every building, fire and security systems, access ramps and steps, data connections and office furniture.
John Cheshire of UB’s Engineering department, says: “Portakabin provided everything we needed to get these essential buildings up and running as quickly as possible. Once they were delivered, all the extra services were installed during the next few days, and by the end of the week our people had started to move in and use their new facilities.
“The installation went very smoothly, and the buildings were sited within a matter of hours. We now have good quality interim buildings in which key functions can operate effectively, enabling us to concentrate on getting our factory back to production.”