Silverstone's Gavin Walker and Phil Bone on site at Hitachi HQ. Credit: via Bradley O'Mahoney

Team comes together for £2m Hitachi work

Silverstone Building Consultancy will oversee two extensions at the global machinery giant’s Hebburn plant, appointing Tri Construction as main contractor for the 24,500 sq ft job.

Hitachi Construction Machinery UK has instructed regional firm Silverstone to deliver a 6,500 sq ft. steel frame internal, two-storey extension at Hebburn, as well as extending its existing building by 18,000 sq ft.

The project will enable the relocation of a painting booth and quality assurance inspection facility.

Silverstone, which is project manager and contract administrator, has brought Tri Construction on board as main contractor for the two-storey office building.

The design team for the South Tyneside project includes Seymour Architecture, structural engineer SHED, mechanical and engineering advisor JCP, and Blue Keep Building Control.

The first floor of the new facility will be offices and welfare provision, with the ground floor comprising a graphics print and lamination room and space for future office capacity.

At this stage, the project to extend the paint booth is currently at the planning and design stages.

HCMUK, which was established more than 50 years ago, recently acquired a 4.7-acre site next door to its head office at Monkton Business Park for the expansion.

Director at Silverstone Phil Bone said: “Working with such a respected, global brand is a privilege and we’re excited that our work for Hitachi to date has impressed and led on to us being appointed on a second project.

“We’re also helping Hitachi scope out further solutions for heating and fire alarms systems and connecting infrastructure to enable better logistics on its 12-acre site.”

Dave Roberts, chief executive at HCMUK said: “Silverstone are doing a great job of helping us deliver an industry leading facility that will increase our capacities whilst remaining fully operational, which requires strong communication between all parties.”

Silverstone Building Consultancy is a firm of chartered building surveyors and project managers with offices in Leeds, Newcastle and London.

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