VINCI Building has been appointed on an early works contract and pre-construction services agreement for Sheffield Forgemasters.
The appointment marks the first phase of a wider £400 million investment to underpin critical defence assets at the historic engineering company’s Brightside Lane site, with construction of the UK’s largest open-die forging operation to install a 13,000 tonne forge-line.
Chris Winspear, Regional Director from VINCI Building, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to kick off the first phase of a significant investment into the Sheffield City Region.
“Initially, VINCI Building will handle construction of a new access road onto Sheffield Forgemasters’ site, along with all necessary service diversions and partial demolition of existing buildings to facilitate construction of the new Forge Building
“We will also undertake intrusive survey works and provide support with scheduling and risk management, engagement of supply chain and development of costs for the main construction works.”
The overall contract, covering the forging line installation, is set to run until 2025, when the new forge is commissioned and Sheffield Forgemasters’ existing 10,000 tonne press will be decommissioned.
Gareth Barker, Chief Operating Officer at Sheffield Forgemasters, said: “This contract is a key milestone in our recapitalisation project, which will see £400 million invested across the site to first establish a new heavy forging-line and to then install 16 new machining centres to increase our capabilities as a world-leading engineering facility.
“VINCI Building will input into the current phase of the RIBA 3 design works which should promote buildability and development of the subsequent main-works contract to install a new, circa 140,000 sq ft building, to house the new forge-line.
“Further to this, we are looking invest locally through our contracting partners as we launch the first phase of construction works.”
VINCI Building joins Turner & Townsend (Cost Management Services/Independent Quantity Surveyor and Principal Designer), Tetra Tech (Engineering Services Provider/Lead Designer) and JLL (Planning Consultant) on Sheffield Forgemasters’ recapitalisation project.
Date: 05 August 2022