Smurfit Kappa

Building Use


Project Duration

10 weeks

Procurement Method


Why buy from Portakabin

Project Features

  • Cellular offices
  • Open plan offices
  • Staff welfare facilities including showers and lockers
  1. The Requirements

    Following an investment of around £100m in new paper manufacturing facilities at Smurfit Kappa’s Townsend Hook paper mill in Kent, a new building was required in order to relocate managers and engineers from a number of old brick buildings into a purpose-designed, modern and centralised office complex. Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world with around 45,000 employees on approximately 370 production sites in 21 European countries.

  2. The Solution

    The single-storey building was manufactured and partially fitted out at the Portakabin manufacturing centre in York to bring the facilities into use as fast as possible and craned into position in just a few days over two phases. This radically reduced any disruption caused by the construction at this extremely busy manufacturing facility. The L-shaped building provides both cellular and open plan offices, a canteen and staff welfare facilities such as showers and lockers.

    The site for the building is located on a water table and close to the River Medway. Portakabin engineered the building design to elevate it above the flood line which meant installing the steel modules on to metre-high piers to mitigate the flood risk. It was critical for Smurfit Kappa to have this facility up and running as fast as possible to support the new manufacturing plant, as a number of older buildings had already been demolished as part of a major site redevelopment. Off-site construction proved to be very cost efficient and significantly reduced the lead time for occupation compared to site-based building methods.

The office complex has helped improve efficiency, accommodating managers and engineers under one roof rather than in several locations. It provides a fantastic, comfortable working environment.

Malcolm Wright, UK Purchasing Manager for the Paper Division, Smurfit Kappa

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