The construction consultancy Rekan has completed the build of a new factory and head office facility near Andover, Hampshire, for the global sweet bakery manufacturer Rich Products.
The 8-acre development allows one of the largest family-owned food companies in the world to consolidate all UK production facilities and business support functions on one site – tripling its output and creating around 100 jobs for the local community.
Rekan, based in Winchester, delivered the construction and project management of the build which involved more than 150 contractors and 45 consultants and it was delivered in two years – from planning through to construction.
The new Rich Products UK HQ boasts a production hall, part-automated finishing and packaging, a dedicated artisan bakery and a new customer solutions center.
Rekan has been a part of the project since its inception, taking it from a feasibility sketch all the way through to completion. They built teams of experts into every aspect of the construction to ensure a cost-effective project with minimal disruption. Other services included cost management expertise, stable but flexible supply-chain management and relocation management and support for 80 staff members.
James Everton, director of Rekan, says: “It’s our largest and most challenging project to-date, successfully delivered on-time and within budget thanks to the dedication and skill of the 15 Rekan staff involved across the various services. The size and scope of the enormous site presented us with a unique set of challenges, alongside managing multiple work streams and working to a fixed deadline for completion. We’re delighted to provide this new and ambitious facility, which will allow Rich Products to increase production and business efficiency for years to come.”
Rich Products supplies sweet bakery products and non-dairy toppings and fillings to the foodservice, in-store bakery and retail sectors. Its frozen and ambient bakery products include muffins, swirls, cookies and fruit breads.