A long established industrial area in Northam would probably go unnoticed by many people travelling in Southampton were it not for a modern factory unit with the Polystar Plastics logo above the other buildings in the area. That dominating image reflects the fact that since 1993, the family owned Polystar Plastics founded by Sue and Jai Talwar has expanded on the estate to become a £30m turnover manufacturer employing 160 people. Twelve of the units on the estate are already owned by the company that is now facing the next challenge as a consequence of their success and continued growth. With a 10% year on year increase over the last 5 years, they need to invest in a more streamlined production approach to maximise productivity.
Bill Brown, Director of the Romsey based consulting civil and structural engineering company WFBA, has been assisting Polystar’s Commercial Director Suchin Talwar since 2013 to change the way the existing buildings can be used, through modification, enhancement and expansion. “I admire the commitment to the workforce and the current range of buildings on the site. Many businesses would consider relocating, but Suchin and the family prefer the idea of developing the site to become a more efficient and productive operation. On a congested site, this often means that the only way is up, literally ‘raising the roof’!”
The current proposals under development include a new central raw materials product storage facility and additional process equipment. This will involve major investment on both production and factory construction of £7m and will take between 12 - 18 months to complete. Suchin Talwar knows that by developing the site, Polystar Plastics will have the opportunity to maximise production for their expanding client base of international organisations using machinery that can produce products at a high quality with less wastage.
“We can also keep employment within the area and will have the space to continue our closed loop recycling process that we offer clients and conduct research and development on potential innovations that will reduce wastage and costs within the industries we serve.”
The Talwar family admit that the strong and honest relationship with WFBA enables them to be more confident in their development plans, especially as the projects are self-funded by re investing.
“We appreciate Bills approach and have confidence in his suggestions as experience has shown us he advises the most viable and cost efficient construction solutions to reach the same height as our ambitions, particularly where we need taller buildings to accommodate the new plant and faster machines,” said Suchin.
The expertise of the WFBA Civils team will also be needed on this site to resolve local drainage issues. They are currently assigned to projects including the recently opened Brockhurst Gate Retail Park Gosport where they designed a cost-effective sustainable drainage solution, site wide infrastructure upgrades and operational facilities for Associated British Ports in Southampton and Lowestoft. The team are also involved in early stages of feasibility and reconfiguration of other large-scale operations in the region, improving plant/traffic flow, maintenance and storage facilities plus associated office space to secure, support and develop business both nationally and worldwide.
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