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Molson Coors Brewery, UK

Molson Coors Brewery, UK

    • Client:
    • Molson Coors, Burton-on-Trent, UK
    • Consultant:
    • PM Group, Birmingham, UK
    • Project Description:
    • New Energy Centre
    • Work-Scope:
    • Design and build contract for mechanical and electrical services
    • Value:
    • £2.5M

Project Description

Brief Description

As part of Molson Coors’ continued capital investment in their Burton-on-Trent brewing facility, they commissioned Kirby to design and build all mechanical and electrical services associated with a major new Energy Centre. In addition to adding much needed utilities capacity, the Energy Centre would also reduce site energy consumption by 20%, through greater efficiency derived from GEA’s energy technologies.

Understanding Client Needs

Kirby worked with Molson Coors and PM Group to ensure that associated mechanical and electrical services optimised plant efficiencies. A key element of our design also involved integrating the new utilities with existing site services while ensuring minimal interruption to plant operations. We also focused very heavily on design optimisation and value engineering, thereby delivering the build solution which was ‘fit for purpose’ and met Molson Coors’ needs.

In addition to our design remit, our work-scope included the installation of all mechanical and electrical services associated with the Energy Centre. Mechanical services included for the fabrication, installation and testing of pipework serving utilities such as steam, refrigerant, RO and compressed air. From an electrical perspective, we installed new MV and LV infrastructure in addition to lighting, emergency lighting, general services and UPS.

Overcoming Challenges

One of the key challenges Kirby had to overcome on this particular project was the task of installing large pipework assemblies in extremely congested areas within an existing ‘live production’ brewing environment. We adopted a collaborative approach to working with all project partners and placed great emphasis on working access platform design to expedite our work in these difficult areas.

We also focused on our strengths in LEAN construction and BIM modelling techniques to facilitate off-site pre-fabrication of skid assemblies, so as to minimise site activity and thereby reduce risk to plant operations and personnel safety.