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Morgan Sindall restarts precast concrete factory after bumper order

Morgan Sindall is recommissioning its precast factory in Ridham, Kent, after a bumper order for the Northern line extension.

The factory, which manufactures bespoke precast concrete, will reopen after receiving an £8m order from the Ferrovial/Agroman/Laing O’Rourke joint venture responsible for delivering London Undergound’s extension project in Battersea.

Operations at the factory will recommence in July. Its last major project was for the 7.8 km Lee Tunnel, built by a Morgan Sindall/Vinci/Bachy Soletanche joint venture.

The new order for the Northern line extension requires 3,280 concrete tunnel rings, which will be 5.2 m in diameter and line 2.4 km of twin tunnels for the project.

The factory will be able to complete 70 tunnel rings a week, and will require 45 people working over two shifts.

Morgan Sindall’s senior operations manager at the Ridham facility David Hicks said: “It’s great to be remobilising the facility and recreating opportunities for the local community.

“We’re currently re-commissioning the factory, getting it ready for production ahead of the start-up date in July. We’re pleased that our capabilities here will help with the completion of key infrastructure upgrades in London.”

In its financial results earlier this month, the contractor confirmed a £43.1m construction loss for 2015, with a revenue of £1.2bn.

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