As you may have read in the press, ACIEM opened a new office in Baglan near Port Talbot earlier this year. Set up to deliver projects for clients including Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and Bristol Water, the new site is also expected to open up potential growth areas in other parts of Wales.
One of the key features of the Baglan site is an investment by ACIEM in an off-site design and build facility, which will streamline construction programmes and fast-track the delivery of schemes to clients.
The electrical and mechanical fit-out of the workshop area has been ongoing for the past eight weeks and has included the installation of cable and containment for LED lighting, three phase power and associated power sockets for 110v, 240v and 415v prefabrication equipment. The fit-out is due to be completed in early April 2017 and the first off-site build schemes for the workshop are already lined up, to include:
- Off-site build of a potable water booster station complete with a GRP kiosk completely fitted out off site with control panels, building services, intruder alarm, telemetry panels, etc. The booster station can be completely FAT tested off-site prior to delivery.
- Off-site build of 2 no. dosing skids for sodium hypochlorite dosing on a potable water site.
- Off-site build of an ejector skid for sodium hypochlorite dilution at a potable water site.
- Off-site build of 2 no. lime dosing skids for a potable water site.
ACIEM’s Framework Manager at the new site, Michael Williams, commented, “The Baglan office is now established and the off-site design and build facility will shortly be operational. The plan for the future is for the facility to support growth opportunities within other Frameworks. Within Wales the team is growing and the multi-discipline capabilities are strengthening, meaning that direct labour for mechanical, electrical and civil engineering are being employed. ACIEM plans to expand its capabilities within Wales and also secure opportunities with new clients.”
Five permanent members of staff have been successfully recruited over the past 12 months for the work at the new Baglan site, with another three members of the team joining in the past few weeks and further jobs likely to be created this year.