Work starts on Cumbernauld distribution centre

Cold store, firewall, cladding and single envelope specialist ISD Solutions has started work on a major project creating a distribution centre in Scotland for Farmfoods.

The frozen foods supermarket chain is creating the new cold store warehouse near its headquarters in Cumbernauld and has enlisted the specialist services of ISD Solutions.

Work starts on Cumbernauld distribution centre

Willie Scanlon of Farmfoods (left) with Richard Bowden of ISD Solutions

The distribution centre, of more than 17,000m2 in floor area in total, will be divided into three parts – a -22oC freezer, a +4oC chiller and an ambient storage area.

Gloucester-based ISD Solutions commenced work on the project at the end of April and expect to finish work in 20 weeks, in early September.

The two companies worked together in 2014, when ISD Solutions created a freezer, chiller and dry storage distribution centre of similar size at a Farmfoods site in Avonmouth near Bristol.

The Cumbernauld project marks the latest in a series of works that ISD Solutions has undertaken in Scotland and the company is keen to win more business there.

The firm has recently appointed Martin Paul to head up a new Glasgow-based office, from which he will be responsible for Scottish business development and project oversight.

Richard Bowden, director of ISD Solutions’ special projects division, said: “We are pleased to be working with Farmfoods again and are looking forward to completing this project for them in Scotland.

“This work in Cumbernauld is a significant project for us, with a considerable amount of composite panel to install with precision and competence. And with the roof lighting and firewall installations requiring further technical expertise, it’s an exciting scheme to be involved with.

“The work we did for Farmfoods at Avonmouth was five years ago now and we are pleased to see that minimal maintenance has been required since then. We are confident that our work will be of a similarly high standard and that we’re going to give Farmfoods a cold store which will serve them well for many years to come.”

Willie Scanlon, head of property development at Farmfoods, said: “For almost 40 years Farmfoods has had offices and a distribution depot in Cumbernauld. I’ve had the good fortune to have been a member of the team for most of that time.

“As a business we’ve simply outgrown the current setup here and it has become operationally inefficient. This new development will see us secure and greatly improve our future here for many more decades.

“This is one of the largest projects we’ve undertaken and we chose to partner with ISD having previously worked together during the construction of our Bristol depot in 2014.

“It brings me great personal satisfaction to be involved in such a huge project and having the right team around us is critical.”

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