Müller Production Facility.

Market Drayton, Shropshire, UK

David Armstrong, Partner at Hoare Lea

Project Lead:
David Armstrong

Producing the best outcome possible.

Any complex food manufacturing facility requires the highest quality MEP services. The new yoghurt production facility for Müller in Market Drayton, Shropshire, was no different.

The space needed to house everything from filling lines and palletisers to fruit processing, product cooling tunnels, and frozen storage. We also worked on the wider site, which included a three-storey building for the MEP services.

Staying on schedule.

A site such as this requires services to be ‘food grade’ – this is achieved by using stainless steel components that we had to incorporate into our designs. There was also the challenging combination of tight production-led timescales and process equipment that hadn’t yet been finalised.

To solve this issue, we worked closely with the suppliers and Müller’s engineering team to estimate the steam, compressed air, water, and electrical power that each process line needed. Using this as the basis
of our MEP design meant we could keep to the project schedule and easily tweak it once the equipment was finalised.

Trusted relationship.

A final element was to design for long-term flexibility, so that new production lines could be easily added in the future. We combined duplicated ring-mains with double isolation services – together, these ensured the site could be easily adapted with minimal downtime.

The result is a fully energy-efficient high-specification facility and a close relationship with the client. Following delivery, we were asked to undertake additional work across the site: from a new bottling plant and utility appraisals, to a variety of new-build and refurbishment projects. Dare we say it? The proof is in the pudding…

Key Figures
2BN Pots of yoghurt produced per year
3 Storey building to house MEP services
1 Of the earliest schemes to use the NEC form of contract