Phased Factory Development, Benson Park


Following previous work completed on a food factory at Sutton Fields in Hull, Sewell Construction was approached to complete a turnkey package, from land purchased right through to the design and build of a new bespoke and specialist food factory on Geneva Way in Hull, always keeping future expansion in mind.

Working closely with the client throughout each phase, we used open book negotiations to start the process, which led to a clear and honest relationship with the client. They are experts in their field and working in this way enabled us to follow the clear vision of exactly what they wanted over three phases.


The first phase, with a budget of £1.3m, required a full food production line, including a frozen and raw food preparation area, cooking and flavouring, packaging and shipping facilities. Placing, installing and commissioning of specialist equipment was needed.

While phase two, which was an extension to the low risk manufacturing area, was budgeted at £600,000 and completed to a tight deadline.

The £3m third phase saw an extension built to create additional space, doubling the cooking and cooling capacity, increasing the high care packing facility and commissioning of a chargrilling line, as well as the upgrade of utilities and extra car parking.

The second and third phases meant the site team would be working in and around a live facility, where the client needed minimal disruption, so the delivery programme was phased to incorporate this. Employing the same design team all the way through the build on each phase enabled a smooth process due to the familiarity, fluency and continuity for the client.


All three phases were completed on time, on budget and with zero accidents. With all project managers from the area and a predominantly locally-based supply chain, this meant the local pound was re-circulated, as well as keeping the carbon footprint to a minimum.

A safe, secure and legally compliant environment was delivered, with business continuity throughout, which created certainty, support and trust between the client and Sewell, who are now in discussions for a fourth phase.

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“Our longstanding partnership means they understand our business well and work with us to ensure minimum disruption to our production.”

David Park, Managing Director of Benson Park