Projex has handed over a new 100,000 sq ft production facility to The Polar Technology Group, which represents the first phase of a business development plan scheduled for completion by 2027.
Projex was appointed by Horizon Property Capital Developments to deliver the new unit, which is part of a planned 400,000 sq ft expansion programme at Polar’s UK headquarters and production building in Eynsham on the outskirts of Oxford. Planning consent has been granted for three future phases, including an extension to the existing production building, a new headquarters building and a second production facility.
Polar designs, develops and manufactures specialist composites and metals components and assemblies to industries including aerospace, medical, rail, motor and motor sport.
Scott Roberts, Co-Chairman of The Polar Technology Management Group said: “This new facility will provide the platform to continue the growth of the businesses whilst creating an environment to attracting the best employees and customers from all over the world.”
Appointed employer’s agent and quantity surveyor, Projex was initially instructed to re-tender the works on a rapid two-stage procurement route with EG Carter selected as the preferred contractor, starting on site in September 2018.
Unusually for a manufacturing facility, the new building is arranged over two floors with the first floor incredibly high-loaded, requiring major precast concrete planks that only two companies in the UK were equipped to produce.
Designed to follow Victorian principles of a north-lit building, which lets in daylight but not heat, the building also incorporates translucent cladding throughout allowing light in without the need for windows and with reduced power requirements.
Ian Gregg, Director at Projex, says: “Industrial and manufacturing is one of our top performing sectors and this was a great project to be involved with, including numerous innovations and challenges in keeping with Polar’s position at the leading edge of technology. It is highly unusual to find a two-storey manufacturing building because of the complexities involved with building on a first floor but we are delighted with the result, which has been handed over and is currently in the process of being fitted out.”