Assembly and Test Facility Gets Make-Over

09th August 2012
SCX Special Projects’ Assembly and Test Facility

SCX Special Projects’ Assembly and Test Facility in north-east Sheffield has recently undergone a huge transformation. To provide an enhanced experience for clients, the 47-year-old building has been extensively refurbished, both inside and out.

The external facia of the building has been re-clad in striking new corporate colours, sealing off any gaps. The old inefficient heating has been replaced with zoned radiant heaters and the entire building has been insulated to minimise energy expenditure in cold weather. The old windows and sky lights have all been replaced with new, clear cladding to increase the amount of natural light that enters the facility, again reducing energy usage, and an overflow car-park has been created to the side of the building to accommodate more visitors.

Inside, work is just being completed to create an office especially for clients. A new reception area with storage for personal belongings has already been completed and the WC facilities are currently being overhauled. The factory floor area has been expanded by filling in the old floor service ducts used by the previous owners and the ceilings and supporting steelwork have been cleaned off and painted, naturally brightening the inside of the building even further.  Finally, security has been improved with an externally monitored CCTV system, linked to both a security company and the police.

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Set on a1.8 acre site, the 81,800 sq ft building is fairly unusual in that it offers a full 8m height to hook on the building’s internal overhead bridge cranes. This enables some of the more unique handling solutions created by SCX Special Projects, including vertical telescopic masts used in nuclear decommissioning, to be properly tested and certified before they are installed in sites across the UK. The facility also has the capacity to house specialist testing equipment such as wet bays required to prototype some of SCX Special Projects’ more unique handling solutions.