Britcon to deliver new £1.6m facility for Viking Shipping

Building and civil engineering firm Britcon, has secured a £1.6 million contract to design and build a new warehouse and office facility for Viking Shipping Services in Yorkshire.

Viking Shipping is a subsidiary of Star Cargo plc and provides comprehensive freight forwarding and cargo handling services worldwide. Based at Selby, just off the M62 in North Yorkshire, Viking is strategically located to facilitate a range of services for cargo arriving by both road and sea.

The contract, awarded to Britcon following a tender process, is to facilitate expansion plans at the Selby site following continuous growth. It includes the design and construction of a new 12,000 sq ft state of the art warehouse with adjoining 4,500 sq ft offices. Currently Viking uses the site as a yard for storage of materials and loading/off loading lorries.

The site is of interesting historical relevance as home to the first railway station to be built in Yorkshire in 1834 with the county’s first main line service from Leeds. Viking now uses the original Grade II listed railway building for warehouse storage and offices.

Britcon has started construction on site with an anticipated build programme of 29 weeks.

Matt Harker, Regional Manager at Britcon said, “We are pleased to be appointed by Viking Shipping to assist with its exciting growth at Selby. Amongst our expertise is full turnkey solutions where we are able to take care of planning issues, ground and civils works and of course the build programme.”

“On this particular project two of the original rail lines dating back to the historical landmark are still exposed with two sets of buffers and the local authority has requested that we maintain these as practical in the new build.”

Graeme Pickering, Director at Viking Shipping Services said, “After a thorough contract tender process managed by GGP Consult we were pleased to award Britcon the Viking project and commence the new development at our Selby site. We look forward to working with the Britcon team.”

Britcon has a wealth of experience in the freight and transport industry. It has a long-standing relationship with DVSA to deliver its programme of new and extended inspection facilities in the UK and has an expansive portfolio of rail station work with Network Rail and its partners. It It is also retained by ABP with a continuing brief on its major expansion for bulk storage across its ports and has completed a £2.3 million office development with associated works for Eddie Stobart.

Britcon’s commercial sector experience is expansive with other significant projects including a £2 million warehouse and production facility for Cepac, a £1 million expansion for Shipley Transport, and three phases of development at Treleigh Industrial Park near Cornwall.

Established for more than 30 years, Britcon is £45 million turnover business headquartered in Scunthorpe and directly employs over 100 people plus an extensive supply chain on its project sites across the UK.