ProjectLink delivers £4 million construction programme to overhaul processing power for Coombe Fisheries

The South West’s leading food industry construction specialist, ProjectLink, has doubled the processing capacity for Coombe Fisheries with the design and build of a brand new £4 million seafood packing, freezing and temperature-controlled storage facility in Barnstaple, North Devon.

Aerial photography of Coombe Fisheries new facility, which was built by ProjectLink

Entrance lobby with bannerThe programme, which commenced in June 2013, was fully managed by ProjectLink and included the design, successful submission of planning application and the construction of the facility. A series of high-end modifications were built in to streamline food handling processes and secure the place of Coombe Fisheries as a premier seafood processor for the UK and globally.

Three blast freezers, which are capable of freezing 90 tonnes of seafood from 5 degrees to -20 degrees in just 20 hours, were installed in the 21,000-square-foot building, as well as a spiral and tunnel freezer, temperature-controlled production area and a holding freezer with the capacity for up to 650 pallets.

Iain Spear, joint managing director of Coombe Fisheries, said:

“Our initial brief was to find a way of modifying our existing site and ProjectLink have delivered fresh ideas that have doubled our processing capacity. They have used their knowledge and experience of the food industry to deliver effective solutions that modernise and increase productivity at every stage of seafood processing.”

Darren Williams, managing director at ProjectLink, commented:

“Seafood is of paramount importance to the South West economy and Coombe Fisheries is a key business within this industry. We’re proud to have played a part in their on-going success by delivering such a significant project for them, especially as it gave us the opportunity to design and build a facility that’s functional and innovative, as well as aesthetically pleasing.

“ProjectLink has been fully committed to working closely alongside Coombe Fisheries from the initial conversations. Our senior project manager, Tony Portlock, has lived and breathed this programme for two years, to ensure that work remained on schedule and that the client was pleased with the interior designs and final results of the build.”

Darren Williams, managing director of ProjectLink (left), with Iain Spear, managing director of Coombe Fisheries, showcasing the modern entrance lobby to Coombe’s new state-of-the-art production facility in Barnstaple, Devon.Coombe Fisheries also commissioned ProjectLink to build first floor welfare areas, offices and boardroom, which all comply with the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) – the most commonly used method for assessing, rating and certifying building sustainability.

In what was a complicated planning process, special consideration had to be given companies nearby. Tony Portlock, senior project manager at ProjectLink, added:

“During the design and planning for Coombe Fisheries, we had to be sensitive to the neighbouring businesses to ensure they would not be inconvenienced during the construction process or by the finished building. We
implemented construction methods to negate
concerns and still complete the project within timescales.”

For more information about ProjectLink and their expertise in construction for the food industry, visit www.projectlinkltd.co.uk.

Workers loading scallops onto the spiral freezer in-feed conveyor at the new state-of-the-art production facility that was built by ProjectLink on behalf of Coombe Fisheries, in Barnstaple, Devon.

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Photo captions:
Image 1: (From left) Darren Williams, managing director of ProjectLink, Tony Portlock, project manager at ProjectLink, and Iain Spear, Richard Spear and James Spear, managing directors of Coombe Fisheries, outside of the new multi-million pound facility in Barnstaple, Devon.

Image 2: Workers loading scallops onto the spiral freezer in-feed conveyor at the new state-of-the-art production facility that was built by ProjectLink on behalf of Coombe Fisheries, in Barnstaple, Devon.

Image 3: Darren Williams, managing director of ProjectLink (left), with Iain Spear, managing director of Coombe Fisheries, showcasing the modern entrance lobby to Coombe’s new state-of-the-art production facility in Barnstaple, Devon.

Image 4: Aerial photography of the multi-million pound production facility that was built by ProjectLink on behalf of Coombe Fisheries in Barnstaple, Devon.

About ProjectLink:
ProjectLink is a Somerset-based construction company that specialises in designing and delivering projects for the food industry.

They are able to manage the whole project on behalf of clients or deliver stand-alone services – creating the best design to meet requirements, dealing with the complexities of planning applications and leading the process through to the completion of the development.

ProjectLink have worked with a range of businesses across the food industry, so they understand the importance of minimising disruption and maintaining efficient production.

ProjectLink pride themselves on the level of personal service and support they offer.

www.projectlinkltd.co.uk

About Coombe Fisheries:
Coombe Fisheries Ltd is a leading seafood processor based in the South West of England. Formed in 1980, it has achieved consistent growth through developing and sustaining long-term partnerships with both customers and suppliers.

The company currently employs 125 people at its custom-built production site in Barnstaple, Devon. Its main activities are the processing of king scallops, whelks, cuttlefish and sprat, and the global supply of these products from local restaurants via continental hypermarkets to buyers in the Far East.

Quality is paramount to Coombe Fisheries and the company has attained BRC accreditation against the Food Standard from the first attempt back in 2001. It has held this certification at the highest level attainable, recently ensuring this continues into 2014 by attaining Grade A in its latest audit.

http://www.coombefish.co.uk/