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Project Brief Everest is a pioneer and a leader in the steel building industry with rich experience in delivering over 3500 buildings with a combined area of more than 130 million sq. ft. in various sectors.

Britannia’s greenfield plant at Tirunelveli for manufacturing bakery products is an aspirational project in many aspects because of its exacting demands. Britannia awarded the contract to Everest after a rigorous bidding process and due diligence. Everest’s ability to understand the project requirements and execute critical manufacturing facilities in FMCG made Everest a trusted partner for the Tirunelveli Greenfield Factory. This facility will produce bakery products like biscuits and rusks to cater to the southern Indian market. The scale of the project could be realised because of the massive production capacity, which made the project much more significant in terms of resource deployment from Everest.

C.R. Narayana Rao (Consultants) Pvt. Ltd. was appointed as the consultant for this project. Under their guidance and well-coordinated interactions, the team was able to ensure the completion
of the design phase within the planned schedule.

Britannia had a particular set of requirements for this project, which made the job very clear in terms of project needs. Right from the planning stage, emphasis was laid on optimum design. Equipment and machinery required special consideration for the efficient movement of raw materials and people inside the building. At the same time, Everest wanted to ensure that the modern manufacturing facility reflected the company’s brand identity.

Material of Construction
The finished products require a standard temperature to maintain their freshness until dispatch. High-performance Everest double-skinned roofing with mineral wool insulation was used with a specific “R-value” to keep the process area inside the building at the desired temperature.

Architectural features
Aesthetics were considered an important criterion in the planning stages. During the design phase, an aesthetic look was considered to make the building look different from a generic industrial

Provisions were made for natural light using Multicell Polycarbonate sheets, which ensured ambient light and working conditions inside the building.

Since the factory is a food facility, building enclosure requirements and a temperature control environment were critical tasks in this project. Several openings were provided for controlled air circulation, achieved with louvres and roof ventilation systems.

Given the size and capacity of the factory, the client wanted maximum utilisation of the space for efficient material and people movement. The geometry was decided based on the production process. Wisely planned geometry with complex structural designing and framing patterns comprising monoslope frames of different spans, including clear span and multi-span frames with optimum column sizes, were used to ensure maximum space was available for operational work. This made unobstructed space available for accommodating the production equipment requirements.

The building required many chimney openings for operational necessities, making roof sheeting more challenging. By using specially designed metal roof curbs, the team was able to meet the client’s requirements and ensure the building’s leakproof and watertight functionality.

To accommodate the heavy rainfall of the area, gutters and downspout pipes were optimally designed for water drainage and to prevent stagnation. These downspout pipes were also connected to a rainwater harvesting system for water conservation.

The site was prone to high wind speeds owing to the open terrain. Water stagnation during the monsoons and downpours of debris from nearby mountains made the execution process cumbersome. However, the coordinated efforts of the client, consultant, design team, and erection team managed seamless site execution during the project tenure.

Extreme humidity and adverse working conditions were addressed during the execution stage by properly motivating the workers repeatedly, ensuring the project’s successful completion.

Since Everest’s facility was located in Gujarat, ensuring the supply of materials from Western India to down south and that there was no cost overrun was critical.

Additionally, the specific choice of colours in wall cladding was another challenge since sourcing specific shades from steel vendors required minimum order quantity challenges to be met. Moreover, supplying the material at the site within the expected timeframe was another challenge.

In conclusion
Open discussions among the stakeholders during all project stages helped solve challenges. The Everest team received excellent support from Britannia’s project team officials and the consultants during the execution phase.

This project proved that Everest would be considered a strong contender for projects in southern India. This also removes the general perception that owing to logistical challenges. The costs could be more economical. The Britannia project in Tirunelveli shows that economical and efficient designs overcome geographical barriers in winning orders.


Client: Britannia Industries Ltd.
Architect & Structural Consultant:
C.R. Narayana Rao (Consultants)
Pvt Ltd.
Manufacturing & Erection:
Everest Industries Ltd.

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