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ProjectLink scoops design, build contract worth £850k

22 December 2010

A seafood processor based in Fleetwood, Lancashire, has appointed ProjectLink, part of the Gilcrest Group, to design and build a new 1,440 sq metre shellfish processing facility

The new 1,440 sq metre facility will provide AM Seafoods with the extra capacity it needs to meet growing demand. Completion is expected by autumn 2011.

AM Seafoods was started in 1973 by David Appleby and Peter Merrick. They said they realised its central geographical location would be a key factor in sourcing daily supplies of fresh, top quality shellfish.

At the end of 2003 David Appleby retired and Mark Merrick, a chartered accountant, joined the company as financial director. He joined his brother Scott, production director, who had started at the company in January 1997 after graduating in Business Studies.

Nowadays, king scallops, queen scallops, crab and whelks arrive overnight from locations as far away as Wick, The Isle of Man, Shoreham and Brixham and are delivered to the factory in temperature controlled vehicles, to ensure absolute freshness on arrival.

ProjectLink, which is based at Avonmouth, near Bristol, specialises in handling design and build projects for food industry clients, including Cornish seafood processor, Falfish, and in-flight meal specialist Barton & White of Leicestershire. The Fleetwood contract is worth £850,000.

Managing director, Darren Williams, said: “We are delighted to be working as designer and main contractor on this project and to have won the job largely as a result of recommendation.”

AM Seafoods' Mark Merrick said: “We have been very pleased with the design and planning service offered by Project Link and are now looking forward to our building taking shape. Their professional approach and high levels of service means that we can focus on growing our business while Project Link grows our facilities.”

ProjectLink are also working with Lancashire County Council on the design of AM’s site on Fleetwood’s planned new fish processing park. AM plans to relocate to the park when it is completed in three to five years’ time.

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