Project management of a +£4M project at a food manufacturer at Trafford Park


The key goals of the project were to increase the operational effectiveness of the site and increase customer service levels by removing inefficiencies in the supply chain. This was achieved in three stages, by:

1.Increasing storage capacity with 6 new storage tanks (280m3 each).

2.Increasing the capacity one of the manufacturing channels with the installation of 2 new vessels (178m3 each).

3.Installing a direct loading system for one product.


The project was split into two main areas; installation of the 6-off storage tanks and installation of 2-off new production tanks.


The civils element of the installation involved a large excavation to prepare the foundations for the new tanks.


This required a large excavation which was filled with 250 tonnes of concrete. There was also a significant amount of steel required for access and pipe supports. Electroserv also installed a small link stairway for better access.


All eight vessels were constructed in Belgium. They arrived in pairs via ferry and road over a two-week period and were lifted off their transport via two cranes (top and tail).


Electroserv was involved at all stages from concept, through to approval, to construction and commissioning. Each of these steps required management.

1. Concept

2. Build

3. Approval


Electroserv ensured that all systems and components of the build were designed, installed, tested, operated and could be maintained according to the operational requirements of the customer.


The handover was a transition period and was paramount to close the gap between project phase and operational/business as usual.
Electroserv collated all information from designs to manuals and handed them over (electronically) to the maintenance and production departments. This was carried out with the project stakeholders and included a site tour and a Q&A session.


All of the vessels were brought into operation on schedule. Work continued around the storage tanks to complete the civil work around the bottoms and to install the loading arm. The project was a success.

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