A HAMPSHIRE CONSTRUCTION firm has been shortlisted for an award after completing a new state-of-the-art factory for global sweet bakery brand, Rich Products

The construction consultancy Rekan, based in Colden Common has completed the build of a multi-million pound factory and head office near Andover.

The eight-acre development allows one of the largest family-owned food companies in the world to consolidate all UK production facilities and business support functions on one site.

The firm is tripling its output and creating new jobs for the local community.

The project involved more than 150 contractors and 45 consultants.

The steel-framed building houses the most technologically advanced food-factory equipment in Europe, and it was delivered in just two years – from planning through to construction.

The new Rich Products UK HQ boasts a production hall, part-automated finishing and packing, a dedicated artisan bakery and a new customer solutions centre.

James Everton, director of Rekan, said: “We’re extremely proud to have delivered this project,which has showcased our full service offering on a hugely complex and substantial scale.

“It’s our largest and most challenging project to-date, successfully delivered on-time and within budget thanks to the dedication and skill of the 15 Rekan staff involved across the various services.

“The size and scope of the enormous site presented us with a unique set of challenges, alongside managing multiple work streams and working to a fixed deadline for completion.

“We’re delighted to provide this new and ambitious facility, which will allow Rich Products to increase production and business efficiency for years to come.”

Ian Elliott, operations and supply chain director at Rich Products, added: “We chose Rekan because they align with our values.

“We may be a multi-billion dollar corporation, but at the heart of what we do sits family values, a commitment to caring for our customers and a truly united approach to our work.

“The Rekan ethos matches our own and as a result we created a rewarding partnership that delivered a future-proof factory, stunning office space and state-of-the-art facilities that will grow our business well into the future.”

Due to the success of the project, Rekan was shortlisted for best Property Client Service in the South Coast Property Awards 2019.

The news follows Rekan securing approval to convert the former Hampshire Riding Therapy Centre in Fisher’s Pond into offices.