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Reed Watts

Reed Watts Architects, London

New England Seafood International

New England Seafood (NESI) is part of the Sealaska Corporation ecosystems, an Alaska Native corporation which is owned by 23,000 Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian shareholders, dedicated to fostering balanced ecosystems.

NESI own two fish processing facilities in the UK. One in Grimbsy and one in Chessington. Strong growth in recent years means they are now looking to expand the Grimsby facility into the building on the neighbouring site, doubling the floor area and operational capacity. Reed Watts were asked to lead the development of an ambitious master plan to respond to the growing needs of the business and join the two factories, helping to secure the long term future of NESI on the site. The proposals, which will not disrupt the twenty-four-hour-a-day operation, have been developed with sustainability at their core to align with NESI’s environmental values.

The first phase will see the refurbishment of the existing factory and integration of the adjacent building housing new offices. The buildings will be linked by an external timber structure to functionally and visual bring the two parts together. Phase 2 will include a new central building, housing reception spaces, new staff amenities, a canteen, a roof terrace and a landscaped frontage.

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