Chemical / Pharma Manufacturing PlantConstruction

Our client, a bioscience / biotechnology corporation asked Eastyoke to supply an interim project manager to oversee the expansion of its UK manufacturing facilities. The site manufactures chemical intermediates for the pharmaceutical industry and it was critical to ensure that production was not disrupted during the expansion.

The scope of the project included included design, construction and installation of a reactor hall, mezzanine floor, clean rooms, prep labs, stores, reactor vessels, mixing tanks and associated building services.

Eastyoke’s project management contractor was responsible for the oversight and coordination of the civils and process engineering contractors, consulting engineers and CDM coordinator, as well as liaison with the client’s management and stakeholders.


Process Engineering Installation

Eastyoke provided the Project Manager responsible for the installation and commissioning of very large plant and equipment in the middle of a busy manufacturing site – an automotive tier 1 supplier – in the West Midlands. The challenge was to deliver the project safely and speedily, ensuring compliance with CDM 2015, while minimising the disturbance to nearby 24×7 production lines. The day to day tasks included the planning and oversight of civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering contractors involved in:

  • Removal and replacement of the existing floor, relaying a new, stronger floor and re-seating several roof supports
  • Supplying this area with extensions to the existing power, water, air and material feeds for the new machine
  • Installation of a large overhead crane
  • Installation of plastic injection moulding machinery, associated robotics and infrastructure
  • Commissioning the new facilities
  • Sign off and handover to client

Distribution Centre

Our client, one of the UK’s largest distributors of fuel and lubricants, had recently won a long term contract for the distribution of packaged lubricants across England & Wales. In support of this new business, they asked Eastyoke to supply an Contract Project Manager to set up a new storage and distribution operation in the Midlands. The new 45,000 sqft depot received deliveries of bulk oils and decanted them into IBCs (Intermediate Bulk Containers) for palletisation & onward delivery to customers on specialised vehicles. The facility included storage tanks, racking, plinths, pumps and meters.

The client had technical experts and an engineering manager on site – but lacked the management resources to make it all happen. Moreover, while the business knew intuitively what was needed, very little has been documented. The Project Manager’s task was to confirm the requirements of the new facility, plan and coordinate the commissioning and start up phase, and establish & document the operational processes (stock management, oil sampling, safe handling, loading, etc) and training regime.

With the deadline for commencing customer deliveries fast approaching – and any delay liable to incur contractual penalties – quick thinking was required to implement interim / workaround solutions. This was the case with the fleet of new vehicles; delivery of these was late and so the Project Manager needed to establish an interim transport solution. Eastyoke’s interim project manager ensured the facility came on stream – and customer deliveries started – on time. An in house manager was trained to take over operational responsibility and – after a brief handover period – Eastyoke’s interim (4 months in all) assignment was concluded successfully.


Office Relocations, Refurbishments and Fit-Outs

Eastyoke has project managed relocations, refurbishments and fit outs of UK HQ buildings for several multinational clients. These assignments have involved the fundamental remodelling or adaptation of the building envelope, structures and renewal of the building services, managing contractors to ensure clients receive maximum value from the work.