Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
North West England
Westgate Factory Dividers
Hoardfast, Flexidoor Crash Door
The manufacturing hub of VA Whitley is based in Heywood, Greater Manchester. They provide batter for fish & chip shops all over the north of England, and their services are often in high demand. Recently, they made the decision to produce a new kind of batter that was gluten free, a growing sector in the UK. As a result, they required a separate production area where there was no risk of cross-contamination between regular batter and the new mix.
In order to assist VA Whitley with this requirement, Westgate suggested assembling a 4 x 8 x 4m Hoardfast room. The Hoardfast room would be bolted to the ground using bolt-down mullions for stability and incorporate built in flexidoors (crash doors). Flexidoors offer a wide variety of benefits, including a cost-effective solution to heat loss, the ability to retain conditioned air, the ability to control the influx of dust and fumes, and also the ability to prevent contamination. Noise pollution is also considerably reduced when Flexidoors are put in place.
Self-supporting and freestanding 50mm thick PVC panels were utilised for the structure of the room, as these offer a hygienic wash-down finish, and dust-tight interlocking panels to prevent any risk of contamination. The rigid nature of the materials used – along with the tongue and groove design of the Hoardfast PVC panels – ensured that all internal fixtures could be fitted to both the walls and ceiling quickly and easily.
In total, the overall construction time from the point of initial enquiry to the beginning of installation (including design and consultation work) for the VA Whitley project was four weeks. The modular design and construction on site meant that the installation itself was completed entirely in just three days. The result was minimal downtime for VA Whitley, so their gluten free batter production could be up and running quickly.
VA Whitley commented: “The service we received from Westgate in sales assessment, planning and installation was exemplary and we are very pleased with the functionality of the finished working environment. The construction system helped to facilitate a rapid manufacturing solution for our specific requirements.”