Heavy Production Facility Springvale

  • Client

    FG Wilson (Engineering) Ltd

  • Value (£)

    £10.3M

  • Value ($)

    $16.0M

  • Source Office

    Albert Fry Associates

In 2000 FG Wilson commenced construction of a new 35,000m² factory at Springvale.  The enablement “civils” contract involved the diversion and culverting of the Clooney River by means of a segmental concrete lined tunnel, the cutting back of the earth embankments to the Mackie’s Dam by means of an anchored sheetpiled retaining wall and the remediation of buried contaminants associated with the original usage of the site as a munitions factory.  The permanent works included an 8 bay, 35m span portal frame construction with 10m eaves height and extensive provision for EOT cranage.  The factory specialises in light and medium sheet metal fabrication, sound attenuated and weatherproof canopy enclosures and electronics manufacture/assembly including control systems. These elements are despatched to the company’s plant at Larne for assembly and testing prior to sale. The scheme was completed on time and within budget in 2002. Albert Fry Associates have been continuously involved since 2002 at Springvale in terms of the design of adaptations to the plant to meet our Client’s ever-evolving needs. This has resulted in work costed in the order of £7.5M.  Similarly we have been involved in numerous schemes at the company’s Larne Plant over a ten year period.  These works have cost in excess of £20.0M.


Albert Fry Associates were appointed as Lead Consultants by Invest NI (then IDB) for the design and procurement of the enablement works for the Springvale site.  Services provided included contract administration, environmental and remediation.  We are subsequently members of FG Wilson’s integrated design team for the delivery of the plant and siteworks.