Caunton were pleased to supply and erect the structural steelwork for the frame of a new factory in Yorkshire for Saint-Gobain subsidiary Celotex. Saint-Gobain, who were Caunton’s client and the main contractor too, were responsible for the planning application for the new production facility for Celotex, the UK’s largest supplier of PIR insulation boards. The facility is located next to Saint-Gobain’s Glass manufacturing facility in Eggborough. Production began during Spring of 2017. Celotex has been operating for 90 years, and making PIR (polyisocyanutrate) in the UK since 1980. The company now employs 220 people at its only production site in Suffolk, where there are two similar production lines to the one that has been constructed at this new facility near Goole.
The factory’s frame comprising over 600te of steelwork was designed by Caunton. The main frame is an asymmetric propped-portal approximately 144m wide by 149m long, and is 13m high to the apex.
Attached to the main frame is the canopy structure, which itself is a 72m wide twin span portal and projects 17m.
Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland, the leader in the construction materials market, will invest £20million in this production facility for Celotex. Caunton Engineering were delighted to have contributed to this exciting new expansion. Prime Minister Theresa May has recently outlined an industrial strategy aimed at boosting some of the country's leading sectors. It seems that with this production facility, Caunton are benefiting from the anticipation of a post-Brexit need for more indigenous British manufacture.