Ambrey Baker has begun work with Young’s Seafood to transform its Grimsby site into a state-of-the-art best in category production facility.
The remodelling and extension project will significantly increase manufacturing capacity at Young’s, allowing the company to expand its already extensive list of products, and creating an additional 26 new jobs locally.
Founded in 1805, Young’s is a household name and is one of the UK’s largest seafood suppliers, producing 40 per cent of all fish eaten across the country.
We were chosen for the £15 million project due to our successful 30+ year in food industry expertise and our strong reputation amongst many of the UK’s largest food manufacturers.
The transformation work began in February 2021, with an enabling works phase, removing redundant coolers, ceiling panels and concrete floors to facilitate the new production works.
Phase two of the project – the beginning of main construction – started in April 2021. This is an IChemE Orange Book “Design + Build” Turnkey Contract comprising the installation of new food-safe, resin-finished concrete floors, stainless steel drainage and insulated structures within the existing building.
We will also be adding new ceilings and partitions to create an enclosed production line within the current facility, alongside a new frying room and spiral freezer to facilitate the production process.
A logistical challenge
Due to the technical nature of the project – transforming an existing factory – we are collaborating with industry-leading experts on the scheme.
One of the world’s largest systems suppliers for the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical sectors, GEA, is designing and fitting the line, the fryer and spiral freezer, capable of freezing up to seven tons of produce per hour.
The final stage of construction will involve opening the new site into the existing factory, allowing the two works areas to become one. Remodelling, testing and commissioning is expected to complete by the end of the year.