Milller Construction completed Civil Engineering works for the Northampton Optimisation project, also known as Project Capricorn, on behalf of Carslberg at their Northampton Brewery.
Carlsberg required a contractor who could demonstrate a track record of working within live environemnts, where collaboration and teamwork were essential.
The contract involved upgrading the production capacity of the facility from 4.5 million hectolitres to 6.3 million hectolitres and construction of two new buildings to house the Bright Beer Tanks and Water Treatment facilities.
Works required to be undertaken in various locations within the existing brewery, this included the removal of 58 - 33,000 litre fermenting vessels. These were removed via an 18 metre high opening, within the 600mm thick RC concrete structure. Through close collaboration with Carlsberg’s installation team the programme of works was designed in order that production remained live whilst the transfer of utilities was carried out, ensuring the brewery's production was unaffected.
The contract involved working on specific areas within the brewery and included:
- Unitank Area - the construction of new external pipe bridges and service trenches, core drilling and refurbishment of the MCC room within the basement.
- Bright Beer Tanks - the demolition of an existing structure and the construction of a new building to facilitate new tanks.
- Beer Processing Area - the de-engineering of an external building facade to accommodate the removal of 58 vessels. This also involved the reinstatement of the floor and construction of a new three storey building to house laboratories and testing areas.
- Packaging - extensive refurbishment works involving the formation of large wall openings and the refurbishment of the bottling and packaging areas. This was carried out in a live environment which operates 24 hours a day.
- Canopy - variation works to extend the main canopy of the packaging area.
- Bottling - variation works to complete civil works associated with the installation of a new bottling plant.
The project team supported a local Duke of Edinburgh award scheme group during the build. Please click here for further information.