Building and Civil Engineering Contractors

Creative Composites factory extension finished

Major extension works have just been completed by MSM Contracts for Creative Composites, a leading manufacturer of composite components in the automotive (including luxury car brands), vending, construction and other industries.


The 6-month construction programme was delivered over two phases at their Lisburn plant and the works were carried out within a fully operational manufacturing facility adjacent to ‘live’ working areas.


Phase 1 of the works involved:
– extending the existing car park to provide an additional 31 parking spaces
– forming a new reinforced concrete emergency access road incorporating a 2m high reinforced concrete retaining wall
– extending an existing concrete roadway to provide access for deliveries to the new extension
– forming an extensive new facilities/marshalling area, predominantly finished in reinforced concrete with an area of levelled hardcore


Phase 2 involved:
– constructing a 2,400m2 portal frame extension with eaves height 11.5m above ground level to provide additional production space. Minor alterations/modifications to the existing building frame and envelope were required to facilitate the newbuild extension and vibro compaction works were completed to improve ground conditions before commencing the construction works. The extension was constructed using over 100t of structural steelwork on reinforced concrete pad & strip foundations with a ground supported in-situ concrete slab. The building envelope comprises Kingspan KS1000RW composite roof cladding panels including rooflights and Kingspan KS1000RW EcoSafe composite wall cladding incorporating a cantilevered canopy (8m deep x 52m long).


The design team on the project were 23 Design (architects); Armstrong Taylor (structural & civil engineers); Stephen Clarke Consulting (M&E) and Moore MacDonald and Partners (QS).