Oakley’s straightforward 3 phase approach to food factory design, build and fit-out

22 March 2023

You may be familiar with our turnkey process but also unsure as to how it applies to you and your project. The journey can be different for everyone depending on the size and nature of your project but if you choose Oakley as your partner we will always begin with a design phase.

We will start with a meeting with you to explore what your plans are for the growth of the business, how you want to get there and ascertain whether we are the right partner for you. We understand that our approach isn’t right for everyone, and we are always honest if we don’t think we can help you. If we believe we are right for your project we will then move on into a concept design/planning phase or a detailed design phase.

Concept Design & Planning Phase

For larger projects we will begin in the concept design and planning phase. This is typically done when it’s a ground up factory build and requires architectural drawings and applying for planning permission. We will sit down with you and your team to find out about your growth plans and further understand your business model and process. With this further understanding we are able to translate your requirements into initial concept designs or architectural designs for planning. We will then take care of submitting these plans to your local council along with documentation to provide the strongest case for approval.

This phase can also include budgetary build costs and help with evaluating multiple site options to guide you in your decision making process.

Detailed Design Phase

We usually start here when a project doesn’t require planning permission for a ground up build or extension, or once planning permission has been secured. Whether your project is to build a new food factory from the ground up, fit out current space you have in your premises, or transform a new unit into a food production facility, detailed construction drawings are now required. This is crucial to ensure that every detail is taken care of and your finished factory will meet your requirements.

This is a collaborative process, where our design team work alongside you over a period of 6-8 weeks to bring your vision to life. At the end of this phase, you will be presented with a full set of detailed construction drawings alongside a comprehensive scope of works and fixed proposal for the build and fit-out phases. This detailed design pack is yours to share if you wish to get alternative quotes.

Construction & Fit Out Phase

If you are confident in our turnkey approach and happy with the design, we can then proceed with the building and fitting out of your new food factory according to the detailed design. This enables you to completely step back from the project, allowing you to focus on running and growing your business, knowing it’s in safe hands.

Keep a look out for more insights about our approach to the construction phase in future articles!