Case Study – Vion Foods

Malton, Yorkshire


Vion are an international food group. They have extensive facilities across the UK from farms and hatcheries to primary production, processing and packing. The site in Malton is primarily a pork processing plant. We were employed as the company looked to streamline operations at his site. The proposed alterations they wished to make involved the removal of internal walls and existing structural steelwork to create a more open plan building than currently existed.

Our involvement began with a thorough measured survey of the structural steelwork and load bearing walls in several large interlinked steel framed buildings.

We then developed a “traffic light” colour coding system which was used on the Cad drawings produced from the survey to identify none loadbearing walls which could be safely removed to those which were loadbearing and were colour coded as red.

These key plans were then used to look at the feasibility and likely costs of the proposed alterations.


  • To survey several interlinked buildings to identify loadbearing and none loadbearing elements
  • Production of accurate Cad drawings
  • Feasibility study on the proposed internal alterations
  • Attendance at site meetings


  • Tape, laser and photographic survey of the building
  • Production of Cad survey drawings
  • Colour code drawings to indicate load bearing and non load bearing walls throughout the factory
  • Prepare preliminary structural design for costing purposes on the removal of loadbearing walls