Sandon Global UK Headquarters

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Sandon Global New UK Headquarters

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Sector Manufacturing - for the specialist print industry.

Cumberbirch Construction

Completed January 2022
Combined M&E Budget: £1.35 million

Sandon Global is an award-winning manufacturer of anilox rolls for specialist print industries. They decided to choose Manor Park in Runcorn as the location for their new UK headquarters.

Project Outline

The new building has been designed around the needs and workflow of their existing business and includes high-tech factory production areas, offices, gym, shower, kitchen, eating and social spaces.
The architecture is visually impactful with all the M&E services left exposed, and GRB were contracted for the extensive M&E provision for the building.

Contract arrangements
Through a tender process Cumberbirch Construction awarded us the contract based on our price and reputation.
All of our operatives were in possession of CSCS cards. All RAMS were in place and signed off before work commenced.

Scope of works

  • New incoming mains gas supply.
  • Domestic hot & cold-water services installation to serve all outlets throughout the building.
  • Internal low-pressure gas distribution network serving the offices' air handling units.
  • R2 VRF simultaneous heating/comfort cooling installation, comprising of indoor chassis units and R2 inverter-driven external condensers to the office demise.
  • Provision of a split system cooling installation to the Office, Comms room and Inspection room.
  • Provision of a fresh air supply and extract ventilation system to the office accommodation.
  • Supply & extract ventilation to the toilet and sanitary areas.
  • Above ground drainage installation to all sanitary ware and drainage points.
  • Automatic controls for the above systems.
  • Complete testing and commissioning, including documentation for all mechanical systems.
  • Operation and Maintenance Manuals, Record Drawings and full certification.


  • Full electrical package supplied from the onsite feeder by REC company.
  • Mains distribution.
  • Sub Distribution.
  • Containment.
  • Power supplies to plant and machinery.
  • General power.
  • Lighting and emergency lighting.
  • Architectural lighting.
  • Lightning protection.
  • Data installations.
  • Specialist security packages (Subcontract).
  • Fire alarm system.
  • Electric over door air curtain to the ground floor entrance.
  • Electric wall-mounted panel heaters to the toilet and changing areas.
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Working with a combined M&E contractor like GRB is a massive advantage for us; their mechanical and electrical engineers work together truly as part of one team.
Should a problem ever arise,  I know I could speak to someone I trust, and any issues would be resolved as quickly as possible.
I would genuinely have no hesitation in recommending GRB as an M&E contractor. They always provide excellent service with an extremely high level of skill and management.

Chris Heap
Cumberirch Construction

Project Challenges
We quickly adapted our processes to incorporate rigorous COVID-secure practices with daily COVID briefings by our site manager, ensuring that all site colleagues were familiar with the challenging working conditions and environment.

The exposed M&E services design meant that all work was completed in a way to allow for a perfect final result.

Advantages of combined M&E teams:
Regular meetings between Mechanical and Electrical management at an office level happen during all of our joint M&E projects to ensure that the delivery of the project is integrated and smooth.

At the site level, our M&E teams work very closely, coordinating on the project and communicating with the site manager.

Skills and Specialist Teams:
We used our GRB specialist teams for:
Provision of High-Pressure Gases.
Installation of 22kw AC Electric Vehicle Charging for staff, visitors and fleet.

Heath & Safety
We always take health & safety very seriously. Risk assessments and method statements were issued to the client prior to any work commencing. In addition, regular toolbox talks and H&S reviews took place during the course of the project.

Working at height was common during the Sandon Global work; many services were run at high-level and installed via a scissor lift. Our operatives are fully trained in the use of MEWP'S and have IPAF certification.

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The Results
The project was delivered successfully and to a very high standard. Both Sandon Global and Cumberbirch are highly pleased with the excellent standard of work and finished result.

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Walking into the building makes me feel incredibly proud, and the reaction from customers and staff has been overwhelmingly positive. We are delighted with the results.

Richard Millington
Managing Director
Sandon Global