A new electric car battery plant is the latest of more than 75 contracts undertaken for Nissan in the last 25 years.
Our relationship with Nissan began in 1984 with construction of the initial phase of its car manufacturing facility on the site of what was formerly Sunderland airport.
The latest contract delivered is a 25,000m2 electric car battery plant with the capacity to produce 60,000 advanced lithium-ion batteries a year. The project included a 42,000m3 excavation and ground improvement operation.
Our site team worked to the stringent protocols required to deliver the plant’s demanding tolerances. This included laser screeding the floor and meeting the exacting specifications within the facility’s cleanroom / dryroom area.
The facility’s complex services and complicated build sequences required close collaboration with our specialist subcontractors to ensure all Nissan’s process entry dates were met.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) ensured the design of internal structures and secondary steelwork was carefully coordinated and integrated with M&E services and process engineering requirements.
Our Design Group has been responsible for all the civil and structural engineering on the projects undertaken for Nissan, with a design team located in our offices on site from the start of Phase 1. Responsibilities have included the design and construction of heavy foundations for press equipment, environmental control for hazardous activities and services supplies to production equipment.
Since our initial contract in 1984 we have undertaken more than 75 contracts for Nissan, the majority on a design and manage basis.
In addition to the delivery of facilities including press, body, paint and plastic injection shops, we have also completed infrastructure works, installation of internal and external services, landscaping and the construction of two test tracks.
“The battery plant is pioneering and, as such, brought its challenges. It’s a very technical process with a building to match, but we’ve worked together to resolve a very complex project, managing the situation as a team to come up with the best solution.” Graham Bagley, Nissan’s Head of UK Construction