836-tonne project for Nissan’s expanding car plant

Finley Structures has won another major contract at Japanese firm Nissan’s expanding North-East car manufacturing plant.

The family-run steel firm was awarded an 836-tonne contract from Sir Robert McAlpine to work on the new press shop at the Washington site.

It comes after Finley Structures completed the steel frame for Nissan’s new factory which is now manufacturing its new Infiniti range, as part of a 1,300-tonne contract.

This latest project for McAlpine involved constructing a 22 metre-tall press shop and panel store covering 6,300 square metres of floor area.

Finley Structures had to fabricate 38-metre clear span trusses and 1,800mm-deep plate girder crane beams as part of the complex operation.

“It’s a very difficult, challenging project, as we’re having to erect the structure around a very large excavation area,” says Finley’s operations manager Jim Graham.

“But it continues to showcase our capability as a major fabricator – and we’re delighted to be working with Sir Robert McAlpine again on what is another high-profile and important contract for the region.”

Finley had previously erected two buildings, involving a total of more than 1,300 tonnes of steel, for Nissan’s Infiniti factory – part of Nissan’s £250m investment at Sunderland.

Jim added: “We secured this latest contract from McAlpine under very strong competition, so we had to demonstrate a strong market value.

“This latest appointment demonstrates our continued focus on value for money with both McAlpine and Nissan.”

Finley Structures last year announced it saw turnover climb £3.1m to £16.4m after a string of major contract wins.

During that time, the steel fabrication firm also took on eight new employees – boosting staff numbers to 68.

Finley Structures fabricated and erected 2,000 tonnes of steel which makes up the frame for Hitachi Rail Europe’s new £82m train-assembling factory on Aycliffe Business Park.

The firm has also worked on a 2,300-tonne project at the Victoria Gate shopping centre in Leeds – a deal worth close to £4m – while it also worked on the 500-tonne Sports Village in Middlesbrough and a 300-tonne frame for the £38m National Biologics Centre in Darlington.

In addition, Finley Structures completed a 500-tonne project for Teesside University and a 620-tonne contract for the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing and Research Centre (AMRC) and several school new builds for Galliford Try.

The family firm has also won a number of other new contracts, including a 600-tonne contract for McLaughlin & Harvey at Heathrow and a 600-tonne contract for BAM Construction at Lincoln University, a 270-tonne project for Interserve at York University’s Biomed Building, a 600-tonne contract at Navigation Park in Enfield for A&H Construction and a 430-tonne job for Sir Robert McAlpine at Workington Academy in Cumbria to round-up a busy year.


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