Package manufacturing

News - 07/06/2023

£13.5m completed mandate for Livingstone Manufacturing Facility

Compack opens new packaging plant following extensive refurbishment.

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Following our extensive project management and refurbishment, a major new manufacturing facility has opened in Livingstone, West Lothian.

The 65,000 sq ft facility will house Compack Cartons’ new packaging operation following a £13.5 million investment by Glasgow-based McLaren Packaging.

Our mandate included the lead project management role, principal designer role, statutory consenting roles to assist with the design, development and coordination between client M&E, client specialist suppliers and various third parties. We provided Additional consultancy service separate from this project at the outset with McLaren Packaging.

Compack, which previously operated from an adjacent unit in the Houston Industrial Estate, was acquired by McLaren in 2017, and has since doubled its workforce and quadrupled turnover. 

The firm designs and manufactures high quality carton packaging for premium and luxury brands in the food & drink, pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. All its products are manufactured from 100% recyclable materials.

The investment, which received grant support from Scottish Enterprise, will create 26 new jobs and safeguard 59 existing jobs over a two-year period, comprising shop floor operators and office-based staff.

The facility upgrade includes: 188 kW Solar PV installation; replacement insulated roof to improve energy performance; heat recovery technology to use waste heat to reduce energy and gas demand of the building; industry leading in-line automated print adjustment to greatly reduce set-up waste and live carbon footprint and benchmarking information for each printing job.

Paul Lafferty, Director at LSH’s Glasgow office, said: “LSH worked closely with McLaren Packaging to take forward their vision for the building. Following completion, this has resulted in the EPC being taken from an E to an A rating, which is an impressive achievement aligning with the clients sustainability approach”.

Compack Managing Director Steve Railton added: ‘The larger production facility and industry leading machinery gives Compack the capability to better serve the needs and growth aspirations of our key customers responsibly. Our goal is to have the most energy efficient, sustainable facility in the UK”.
Founded in 1979, McLaren Packaging manufactures a wide range of paper-based packaging for the premium drinks and Scotch whisky sectors. At the forefront of paper-based packaging throughout its 43-year history, it operates from six factories in Central Scotland with annual revenues of £45m and a workforce totalling 300.

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