DESIGN, BUILD, DELIVER IS OUR SIMPLE METHODOLOGY.
BUT WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE IN PRACTICE?
We understand the importance of your project being delivered with minimal impact on your business, and without stress and hassle for you as the business owner. At the same time, you need peace of mind that the project is being managed by a trusted, competent partner, and that it will be delivered on time and on budget.
Approaching a food factory expansion project can seem daunting and complex, so we have broken this down into the typical steps this will follow, from when you first speak to us, right through to project handover.
EVERY PROJECT IS DIFFERENT, BUT PROJECT DELIVERY WILL TYPICALLY FOLLOW A NUMBER OF KEY STEPS
The first step to ensuring the success of your project is a comprehensive scoping and design phase.
Whether your project is simple layout changes within your existing factory, or a whole new factory build, good design will ensure maximum return on investment.
Initial phone discussion. Our project consultant will chat with you to find the broad scope of the project and what you’re looking for and assess if it’s something we think we can help with. If we don’t think we’re a good fit for your needs, we’ll tell you!
First meeting. If you and we both think we may be able to help with your project, we will arrange a face to face or virtual meeting to discuss business growth objectives and scope out what infrastructure you believe you will require to support this.
Design and build proposal. Following our initial meeting we will put together a proposal for the design and build phases of the project, supporting with CGI visuals if required.
Initial design and planning. On intent from client, the next step is initial design and applying for planning if required. We take your vision and work this into an outline design which will support your future growth goals. For construction projects where planning permission is required, we take care of the whole process including liaising with and submitting the application to the local authorities.
Detailed design. When outline design is agreed, and planning granted if applicable, we move on to detailed design, creating a full set of construction drawings and scope of works. At this point we will bottom out potential design issues and make sure the design will work for your needs. This gives you the confidence that we have fully understood your vision and you will then be able to use this detailed design pack to go out for alternative quotes if desired.
Detailed project programme. Upon project agreement, Oakley immediately puts a step-by-step project programme in place to ensure that your fit-out project is kept on time and on budget from start to finish.
Appointing your dedicated contracts manager and site manager. Oakley is proud to have an experienced team of contracts managers who bring a wealth of expertise to your project to minimise risks, disruption, and delays on site. Alongside this, a dedicated site manager will also be on-site throughout the duration of the project, giving you complete peace of mind and allowing you to focus on running the day-to-day operations of your business.
Project lead-in and materials procurement. During the lead-in period to starting on site, our procurement teams will line up all key materials to ensure there are no delays on your project.
Site setup and project kick off. Our priority is to deliver your project without disruption to your business, so site setup is an important step to get right. Where applicable on large projects, full welfare facilities will be installed for our team onsite and on all projects, the necessary health and safety measures will be put in place before work commences.
Project progress meetings. We understand that communication is key to the successful delivery of your factory build or fitout project. We will hold regular meetings with you throughout the build where we will discuss any issues and key decisions that you need to make.
Completion of fit-out. When the main elements of the project are complete, we turn our attention to making sure all details and finishes are completed to the highest quality, and any equipment is commissioned ready for use.
Project handover. We always provide a comprehensive handover including full O&M (Operations & Maintenance) pack which contains all the necessary information about how to use and maintain your new food factory to ensure longevity. Now handover is complete your new food factory is good to go!
Ongoing support. As you start using your new food factory or coldstore, we are here to assist you to make sure the facility is working for you. Our workmanship is guaranteed for 12 months, giving you peace of mind that any teething issues will be rectified.
We thrive on removing the stress and distraction from expansion projects for small and medium sized businesses in the food and beverage industry – if this sounds like you, and you’re wondering where to start, give us a call today!
Going The Extra Mile…
It was a real pleasure to work with the Oakley team on this project. Thank you for delivering the build to a high standard and on time. Looking forward to working together on the next one!
News & Insights
Visit our stand (E72) at the PPMA Show!
We are excited to announce that next month we are exhibiting at the Foodex Manufacturing Solutions 2023 show!
What does the construction phase of a turnkey project look like?
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.
The importance of aligning food certification requirements when planning and designing the build of a new factory facility
If you don’t think turnkey is the correct route for your upcoming expansion project, you will need to bear in mind who will take on the role of principal designer and contractor. This is an important factor as this will expose you to risk including ensuring your new factory facility is built to the requirements of necessary food certifications such as BRC and SALSA.