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FEG and the McVities Factory

A TV programme, Secrets of the Factories, was recently aired on 4th April on Channel 5 and featured McVities biscuit making facility in Carlisle.

In 2015, the factory was seriously affected by the flooding in the city and was temporarily closed. 

FEG ltd were proud to be the Principal Contract that helped McVities to get the facility back to full production ahead of schedule

Please click on link to the case study relating to the project.  – McVitie’s Flood Recovery Case Study

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Access to and safe working on Gantry

Following a change in food items being produced, the Client wanted to re-use as much of their original processing line in a different configuration for a new product range.

At one particular point on the new line, product was occasionally stacking up and manual intervention was required from time to time to unblock the area requiring staff to be able to work safely at height.


The gantry and access to it, had been designed and installed to suit the original process layout but as this had been significantly changed, the gantry area was not adequately supported, it was too small for staff to stand on and there was no safe access.

The FEG Project Engineer determined what was required to meet the Clients’ needs. He used suitable materials from the Clients’ existing stock to support the newly extended gantry he had made and fitted a fixed ladder with hoops to comply with relevant building regulations and safety standards.



The simplicity of the solution meant that the Clients’ requirements were fulfilled, keeping their spend to an acceptable level and the changes were implemented in a very short timescale.






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 FEG activity – Principal Contractor Role

FEG are currently working on a food preparation site in Cumbria, undertaking the role of Principal Contractor under CDM2015 regulations for the site works.

This covers the building works, the installation of a new production line and the supporting M&E packages.

FEG also:

• Liaise with all duty holders and promotes good communication.

• Plan the construction phase and engages with the client’s staff.

• Prepare and maintain the Construction Phase Health & Safety Plan based on the Pre-Construction         Information Pack from the Principal Designer.

• Ensure the welfare facilities are sufficient and suitable.

• Ensure all those working on the site are given an appropriate induction.

• Ensure the site is secure and provides appropriate controls for all entering the site.

• Conduct regular site audits, monitoring the site risks and condition of temporary works.

• Check the competence of contractors and workers on the site.

• Ensure supervision and management on site is appropriate and sufficient.

• Contribute to the Health & Safety File prepared by the Principal Designer

This is just one of the services that FEG can provide. For further information visit, contact us via email – or call 0191 4171479

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Docking Roller

Application: Docking Roller

Following a request from the Client, a docking roller to be used to prick sheets of uncooked pastry on the conveyor was designed and manufactured to cover the full width of the sheet. This was as required for existing products, but the introduction of a new product required something different. If pastry sheets pricked with the existing roller were used, then some of the holes prevented the pastry from rising along the edges when cooked.

To overcome this, another roller was designed and manufactured to suit the requirements for the new products.

Our Engineer had the foresight to design the original roller with a simple and easy way for it to be mounted and dismounted. This would be a great advantage when changing docking rollers or removing them for cleaning and maintenance purposes. The Client has benefitted as downtime when removing or changing the rollers is very low and the pastry edges for the new product rise as required when cooked thus significantly reducing wastage. This is another example of how FEG staff looked at the broader picture, applied their knowledge and included future proofing into the design, satisfying the Client.

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New Sales & Projects Office

News Release – October 2018

FEG Limited – New Sales & Projects Office

As part of our continued growth, FEG Limited has opened a new Sales & Projects Office in Birmingham at the Arion Business Centre, Erdington.

Our second office will provide added flexibility, enhancing our ability to accomplish project requirements. With its central location and excellent transport links, it brings us closer to more of our UK and International Clients.

The details for the new office are:

Arion Business Centre, Harriet House, 118 High Street, Erdington,
Birmingham, B23 6BG, UK
Telephone: +44(0)121 403 3804

FEG specialise in design and build, project management and consultancy for the manufacturing and processing industries.

For more information about FEG Limited visit our website
Alternative contact details are:

5 Bede House, Tower Road, Washington
Tyne & Wear, NE37 2SH
Tel: +44 (0)191 417 1479

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FEG at PPMA 2018

FEG will be exhibiting at the PPMA Show from 25th to 27th September 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham

Please come and see us on Stand G112 – next to the VIP Lounge.

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Case Study PizzaLine

Case Study:     Pizza Line

Application:     Pizza line construction

When a local company needed a conveyor for their new pizza line, they wanted to maximise the use of any existing equipment and components and get the line up and running in a short timeframe.

FEG Ltd saw this as their next challenge with a long-standing customer and took on the task.


The on-site team used their years of engineering skills and experience of the food industry to great effect to construct a conveyor to meet the customers’ requirements.

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Once again FEG delivered a quality result notwithstanding the available materials and components,  resource and timescale constraints they faced.

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FEG – Local Exhaust Ventilation capability

The HSE issued a Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) eBulletin on 7th February 2018 in which they highlighted the most recent news regarding LEV.

In the first Quarter of 2018, they advised that their inspectors were undertaking an inspections campaign within the Food and Drink Manufacturing sector.  They are focussing on the control of exposure of workers to dust specifically in bakeries, cake and biscuit manufacturers and grain mills.

Problems with dust, ventilation & filtration are common in many food processing applications. Product quality, environmental concerns and the health and wellbeing of employees working in these areas is paramount.

At FEG, we can carry out LEV surveys to determine how existing systems are performing and recommend any changes required. Additionally, we can provide a full design, planning, installation and commissioning service, with a cost-effective and reliable solution from contaminant source to safe and efficient extraction. Any system would provide effective hood design, ductwork systems, heat recovery and a recirculation system to ensure adequate ventilation and dust extraction.

FEG will be happy to assist you with any of your LEV requirements from surveys through to installation and commissioning.

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New addition to the FEG Team

As part of an ongoing programme to add to the in-house capabilities of the FEG team, Craig Gardiner has joined in a new position to the company as a Senior Systems and Controls Engineer which will complement our existing mechanical and process design capability.

His skills and experience mean we can provide PLC programming (Allen Bradley and Siemens), machine integration, control panels, electrical design and automation services. This also increases our system capability particularly when coupled with conveyor supply and CE Marking.

Companies he has previously worked with include Smith & Co. and Meldrums in Carlisle. He has developed a wealth of knowledge across many food applications and also has experience of Nuclear site applications.

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FEG Offers CDM Services to Comply with 2015 Regulations

Now that the new CDM regulations have now been made and laid in Parliament and became law on 6th April 2015, there are changes that clients need to implement when planning to extend, build or demolish buildings, including machinery modifications and installations, building works, civil and engineering works.

The principle changes from the previous legislation are as follows:

  • Strengthening of Client duties
  • Introduction of Domestic Clients
  • Replacement of CDM Coordinator by a Principal Designer for the planning, managing, monitoring and coordination of pre-construction phase health and safety
  • Principal Designer and Principal Contractor will be required on all projects where there will be more than one contractor working on the project
  • Replacement of explicit requirement for dutyholder competence with need for appropriate Skills,
  • Knowledge and Experience
  • Change to the HSE’s Notification level – F10 is now only required for projects lasting more than 500 person days of work, or lasting more than 30 working days with more than 20 workers simultaneously, including Site Management

help is at hand

FEG Ltd specialises in Design & Build, Project Management and Consultancy for industrial, manufacturing and process industries and offer CDM Services to support Clients.

We have unrivalled expertise and knowledge in an array of engineering, design, planning, specification and management disciplines, FEG’s highly qualified personnel offer you impartial solutions to solve problems and meet Client requirements.

FEG also offers CDM Consultancy to assist Clients in understanding and applying the CDM Regulations.

FEG offers Principal Designers and Principal Contractors support to perform their expanded duties under the latest CDM Regulations.

Where required, FEG can take on the duty role as the Principal Designer and/or the Principal Contractor on behalf of a Client.

For further information…

Bede House
Tower Road
Tyne & Wear
NE37 2SH

Telephone: +44(0)191 417 1479

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