Meet the Team:
Each month we’re introducing you to a member of our expert team. This month is the turn of Project Manager Graham Winstanley, who plays a crucial role in driving forward the project life cycle to bring process efficiency and the best results for our clients.
What is your background and how did you end up at FEG?
My career has been quite varied. I started as an apprentice electrician and went on to work in engineering roles in plastics and tobacco. I had a change in direction and relocated to Spain, where managed a bar/restaurant in Mallorca.
When I returned to the UK I got back into engineering, including working at Nissan on the Qashqai body shop line. My previous role at industrial machinery installation provider Beck & Pollitzer was almost seven days a week, including working all bank holidays! I’ve been at FEG since 2014, working across the automotive, manufacturing, food and paper industries in particular.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
My time is typically split 50/50 between the office and being out in the field but a typical day is completely dependant on the role I’m playing in the current project.
For example, on a recent project building a warehouse in Berwick, I spent a lot of time liaising face to face with contractors, carrying out health and safety inductions, planning and executing works, supervising works to ensure the project was complying with H&S regulations and the project specifications and formalising paperwork and drawings with contractors to name a few!
How does FEG differ from other places you’ve worked?
The level of accountability at FEG is different. I have a significant level of responsibility for my projects and a higher level of autonomy, which means my role is more all-encompassing and varied. In other words, the buck stops with me and it’s up to me to ensure the project goes well.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I value having the autonomy to just get on and do the job. I also enjoy the opportunities to work with other companies and contractors – it’s great to be able to build friendships and strong bonds with them.
What’s a recent project you’ve been proud of?
We have just completed a fantastic warehouse construction project in Berwick.
The project initially posed a challenge as the site was both difficult to access and had several unknown quantities we needed to find solutions for.
We discovered a rather large 11kv cable going across the site which meant a reduction in size of the building and another 415lv cable that required re-routing. We had to liaise extensively with Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) and the client to carry out this work.
The project was further complicated by difficult access needs, which meant we required additional support for a large crane lift to erect steel and cladding, however we also faced issues with the close proximity to other buildings, and a large retaining wall had to be built as a result.
Despite all the challenges, we still managed to complete the project on budget, albeit with a slightly extended installation plan, and the client was very happy with the result.
The client was previously paying high off-site storage and shunting costs, so the new warehousing facility will effectively pay for itself in a little over two years.
Selected Projects Carousel
Flexible Dynamic Weighing Conveyor System designed and built to allow for varying product flow levels
2 Sisters Food Group needed a conveyor system installation to transport their potato products from existing line equipment to a new food transfer pump. Within the final process, the UK-based food manufacturer also needed to be able to dynamically weigh the potatoes.
FEG were commissioned by GM in the UK to Project Manage a £650K cost saving project under CDM to install larger capacity flour silos and batch weighing facility.
FEG Ltd were appointed as Principal Contractor to get a flooded McVitie’s biscuit factory back up and running at the earliest opportunity.
We were commissioned by McVitie’s to project manage a new ingredients feed and mixing system for a start-up organic facility. At a value of £1m the project included our operating under full CDM duty holder responsibilities.
Our client Essentia came to us after having received an environmental notice for an industrial odour issue from its proteins frying factory. Our experience showed us that a typical combination of scrubbers would not be adequate for this project, given the variation in contaminants that had to be removed from the air.
Our team of odour experts worked to develop a new liquid gas scrubber* solution that worked in a 3-stage process to remove all composites from the gas.
Our expert team of engineers designed and installed a conveyor system for a new pizza line that maximised the use of existing equipment.
We were commissioned by General Mills to undertake a £3.8m project to install a new high capacity frozen pastry production line, from feasibility to hand-over.
We were appointed Principal Contractor for this £6.5m factory extension project, which involved converting a warehouse into a high care food production area and incorporating it into the main factory.
We replaced a cereal cooling conveyor with aims to reduce pre-pack temperatures, reduce floor waste, simplify cleaning and remove the danger of long-term breakdown.
Talk to us today about your next CAPEX or site-level project.