Tolent delivered the construction of a 110,000 sq ft purpose built manufacturing facility in Stockton-on-Tees on behalf of NIFCO. The facility addressed the requirement for a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to allow the client to fulfill new secured contracts and diversify into the electric vehicle components market.

The building was constructed from mass concrete foundations, large 45m span steel portal frames, composite insulated Kingspan cladding and glazing. The scheme also included the installation of internal office space, access roads and car parking facilities. A number of overhead gantry cranes were installed into the production area prior to practical completion, allowing the safe and productive movement of materials upon handover.

Close coordination was provided with the client team to ensure the installation of all service connections for process equipment. Tolent attended the process of equipment fit-out to support the commissioning and handover of the scheme.

The site was part brownfield and part greenfield, however, both represented challenges, with considerable contamination on the former and wildlife and newt issues on the latter. Environmental issues were investigated and managed by Tolent prior to construction, with shrubbery and undergrowth protected and newts accommodated for.

During construction, an environmental policy was in place with an ecologist engaged to oversee the environmental aspects of the site. Although the site was essentially in a very rural location, the site team needed to consider the impact of construction on three neighbouring industrial premises.

Tolent managed communication between all parties throughout the project, including daily, face-to-face communication and monthly bulletins. This ensured the neighbouring premises were fully informed of our operations and that the works did not impede on their business activities during construction.

Our ability to work sensitively with neighbours was rewarded by the Considerate Contractors Scheme which awarded the project a “Performance Beyond compliance” certificate.

The site management are clearly professional in all that they do and it shows. All in all, a very professional image has been created.

Peter Crane

Considerate Constructors Scheme


Stockton on Tees






110,000 sq ft


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