£100m Ashington building officially handed over to AkzoNobel

A major milestone has been reached in the creation of AkznoNobel's £100m manufacturing facility in Ashington, Northumberland

Neil Roche, Allan Horsburgh and Jeff Hope
Neil Roche, Allan Horsburgh and Jeff Hope

A major milestone has been reached in the creation of AkznoNobel’s £100m manufacturing facility in Ashington, Northumberland.

Sir Robert McAlpine, which undertook the civil construction requirements for the site, has now officially completed its role as principal contractor. The company has handed over the remainder of the build to an AkzoNobel plant commissioning team and ABB Ltd, who will supervise the installation of all processes and equipment.

When complete, the plant will be one of the most sustainable manufacturing facilities in the world and home to some of the company’s internationally famous brands, including Dulux, Cuprinol, Hammerite and Polycell.

Jeff Hope, site manager at AkzoNobel, Ashington, said: “We are now moving to a new stage in the development of the plant.

“The team at Sir Robert McAlpine brought an exceptional level of expertise to the project that we knew they possessed. There have been challenges along the way, but that is understandable given that we are building a truly magnificent, fully sustainable facility, that will be a global showcase for our decorative paints division.

“At AkzoNobel we are absolutely committed to the safety and welfare of our staff and those of our contractors. It is a tribute to all concerned on the project that Sir Robert McAlpine has not recorded one single injury during 850,000 hours of continual work on site. Given that at the height of the build, there were over 250 contractors on site, it is an amazing achievement.

“While McAlpine has officially handed the project back to us, we are delighted that members of their team will still be on site until the end of the year to offer advice and assistance as needed.”

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