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McL&H break ground at Etex


We’re pleased to announce that we have started construction on the expansion of Etex’s Siniat plasterboard facility near the Port of Bristol.

The new facility is adjacent to the existing plant and will double the production capacity of the site in Portbury. Etex has operated in the UK for over 30 years and supplies the UK and Irish markets from its two plasterboard plants in Bristol and Ferrybridge.

Following a multi-stage procurement process, we were awarded the contract based on our approach to health & safety, innovation, social value and environmental strategies. An objective during tendering was to ensure we included new, cleaner technologies in our bid. The state-of-the-art facility has a key focus on sustainability and will utilise a rainwater harvesting systems, electric forklift fleet and electric car charging points.

Commenting on the contract, Neil Shaw, UK Country Manager at Etex said, “McLaughlin & Harvey excelled at all stages of our procurement process and fought off strong competition from other suppliers whilst facing the considerable uncertainty caused by COVID-19. Since the contract was appointed, the contractor has continued to demonstrate its commitment and value as a supply chain partner for this project.”

Construction work began on 31 March and a groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark the occasion. Pupils from local school St Katherine’s buried a time capsule they had filled next to one prepared internally by Etex. The groundbreaking was preceded by presentations from Etex, Ben Slipper Studio Director at Maber and our Construction Director Douglas McCusker.