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Seven in frame for £20m civils glass factory package

CONTRACTS GOOLE

GUARDIAN Industries, the US materials giant, has picked seven firms to bid to work on its £115 million new glass factory at Goole in East Yorkshire.

Shepherd, Mowlem, Amec, Costain, Morrison, Bowmer & Kirkland and local firm Clugston are all due to return tenders tomorrow (Friday) for the £20 million civil engineering package to prepare the way for the new float glass plant.

The principal substructure and external works deal involves constructing a 10 m deep basement with contiguous piled walls for the sand-melting furnace.

A secondary basement will be built above this to form tin baths onto which the molten glass will flow in the cooling process.

Guardian Industries expects to spend a further £20 million on a second contract to build a steel frame structure to enclose the glassworks.

The majority of the budget, around £80 million, will be spent on process engineering for the glass manufacturing equipment.

Due to unusual ground conditions, more than 9,000 piles will be sunk across the site to support the equipment.

The firm expects to choose a winning contractor for the civils deal next month, with work starting on site on July 1.

The package is expected to take 40 weeks to complete, and the first panes of glass are expected to come off the production line in November next year.