VolkerFitzpatrick starts £36m coffee roastery

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VolkerFitzpatrick has begun work this week on the construction of a £36m coffee bean roasting plant in Basildon, Essex.

The 7,900m2 (85,000 sq ft) facility is being built at the Prologis Park Basildon for coffee shop chain Costa.

The new Basildon roastery will be capable of producing 45,000 tonnes of coffee beans every year once operations begin in early 2017.

Works on site include the construction of a single storey production unit that will house the company’s coffee bean roasting ovens. A green bean silo area and three storey office accommodation will also be constructed inside the building.

VolkerFitzpatrick operations director Andy Stoney said: “We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Prologis UK to build this state of the art unit for Costa. Our part of the project is expected to be complete in June 2016 which will also include specialist work to ensure the facility is compliant with strict food safety and hygiene regulations.”

The new roastery will be called Paradise Street, after Costa’s original Old Paradise Street roastery in Lambeth, London.