New holding tanks have been installed at Christeyns Bradford headquarters with the help of chemical storage specialist Chem Resist which achieved the tall order in a limited footprint and during lockdown.
The project to replace four chemical storage tanks and add one new 100,000 litre water tank was put in motion in late summer last year. To support customer and market growth, the new tanks needed to provide increased storage capacity, but with limited space at the Bradford site, the new tanks had to sit within the same footprint.
Christeyns worked with Chem Resist, specialist manufacturers of Thermoplastic Process Plant and chemical storage tanks, who came up with the ideal solution – building tall.
Using Chem Resist’s advanced spiral-winding manufacturing methods, the four replacement tanks were each made to a height of around 9 meters, providing Christeyns with over 60% increased capacity totalling almost 240,000 litres across the four tanks. The tank design was also improved with the inclusion of an integrated bund and comprehensive steelwork, thus providing protection and safety for the environment and workers.
Neville Kildunne, works manager at Christeyns explained: “It was essential to replace our existing storage tanks, both to provide a better service to our customers but also to maintain our sustainable and environmental goals. Chem Resist provided the ideal solution with their nine metre tanks and due to a joint effort from staff members of both companies, the job was successfully completed on time and on budget, whilst also adhering to the additional measure in place due to lockdown.”
The physical installation of the new tanks began in March, with three of the tanks successfully installed during lockdown restrictions. As Christeyns is a key supplier to the healthcare and cleaning sectors, it was essential the project progressed. Chem Resist and Christeyns worked together to observe the social distancing measures put in place by the Government and adopted flexible solutions, such as working at weekends when the site was quieter.
Gary Smith, sales director at Chem Resist commented: “The project at Christeyns was a challenging and complex one, the replacement tanks were tall and required detailed engineering, coupled with careful handling and transport. Even before COVID-19, we’d encountered bad weather which meant we needed to work in partnership with Christeyns to find solutions to keep the project on track.”
This investment in new holding tanks will help to ensure Christeyns’ Bradford site is future proofed and ready to deal with the challenges that a post-lockdown Britain will bring, supplying customers with essential chemicals and meeting delivery deadlines.