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Arla Aylesbury

The Aylesbury site would be the worlds first billion litre dairy, made by Arla Foods to supply London and the South East with dairy milk. The scope was to build a factory with a high level of automation, including a fully automated dispatch area. This project was taken from a greenfield site, through the planning process and all the way to full operation.

At each stage there was consideration for sustainability. Waste materials were turned into energy via an anaerobic digestion plant. The entire filling and packing operation used industry leading low-levels of energy and water.

The plant generated 250 new jobs for the area. The project included the recruitment and training of these workers as well as a new IT system. The roll out combined building management systems (BMS) and energy management systems (EMS) with production planning to achieve the low energy usage. The new logistics facility was capable of servicing the demand from the south east of England.

Local infrastructure was upgraded, including roads and utilities as part of integrating into the community. In total this was a £250 million Capex project.

Project involvement

Manage reporting to all levels of stake holders

Ensure key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics are controlled

Manage the team who incorporated new system integrations

Ensure audit compliance

Complete briefings to company employees and wider audiences

Control spend on legal costs and consultancy

Resource reporting

Time line and plan tracking

Liaising with external 3rd party to deliver a sustainable waste solution

Senior member of project team

Capitalisation and information for tax authorities

Liaise with funders for an MEP solution

Deal with land agents and acquisition of land and planning process

Liaise with company auditors for all aspects of project including off-balance sheet items

Client feedback

The Aylesbury super dairy is a flagship manufacturing facility. It was a winner of the AVDC outstanding design award, which appreciated the efforts that the architects, designers and clients made to the scheme.

Our Aylesbury dairy is the largest single investment for the cooperative and, as market leader, Arla is setting the future standard for the dairy industry

Peter Lauritzen, Arla Foods

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