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HP Construction scoops Assay Office contract

21 Nov 2007

HP Construction beat off stiff competition from three other construction companies to scoop a contract to build brand-new premises for the Sheffield Assay Office in the Upper Don Valley.
Work got underway this month to clear the site on Beulah Road in Hillsborough and building of what will be Britain's largest dedicated metal hallmarking and analysis laboratory will start in early January.
When the new 33,000 sq. ft, 3 million pound building is completed in spring, the Sheffield Assay Office will move its entire operation from its current premises on Portobello Road.
Established in 1773, Sheffield Assay Office is one of Sheffield's oldest companies and the need for more room has arisen due to rapid and widespread changes to the metals hallmarking and analytical market.
Between 7 and 8 million items now pass through Sheffield Assay Office in a single year and, in addition to traditional hallmarking services, it carries out a range of cutting edge analytical tests on products, which include costume jewellery, accessories, toys and electrical goods. Demand for analytical services is high and the new premises will ensure that this side of the business has room
to grow.

Sheffield Assay Master Ashley Carson said, "This is an exciting time for us. When this building is complete, we will be the only Assay office to have all our production facilities on one floor. Our hallmarking and laser marking operations will be even more efficient and streamlined and we will be able to integrate more of the latest technology to meet demand in growth areas such as metals and materials analysis."
David Hutchison, Director at HP Construction said, "We were delighted to win this prestigious tender and have already started clearing the site in readiness for the foundations. This building represents an important and exciting project for us and we can't wait to get started."
In addition to providing superb single storey production facilities, the new Sheffield Assay office will feature a two-storey building to incorporate its famous library and silver collection, plus extensive meeting, exhibition and training facilities.
Richard Powell and David Hutchison, Directors at HP
Construction, Ashley Carson, Sheffield Assay Master
and John Race, HP Construction Project Manager.

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