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Commissioning valve units, strainers and associated products from Crane Fluid Systems have been installed at the commissary recently built for Domino's Pizza Group, the leading pizza delivery company in the UK and Ireland, at West Ashland, Milton Keynes. 

The state of the art facility will provide for the planned future growth of Domino's global business. Over 500 of its stores will rely on the new commissary for the fresh dough and other ingredients they need to produce consistently high quality pizzas. 

Crane's isolation and commissioning valves will play a vital role in managing energy use within the £20 million building. Boasting a compact, space saving design and fast commissioning, they require fewer on-site joints and thus offer considerable installed cost savings. 

The valves have been installed by mechanical and electrical contractor Walter Miles. Lee Sutton, Director at Walter Miles, says: "Installation of plant and equipment had to be carefully planned so as to allow unrestricted access for maintenance personnel in future. However, the need for such access should be limited as all Crane products are tested before leaving the factory, which makes them highly reliable." 

A major part in the professional team was played by Domino's mechanical and electrical consultant on the project, Couch Perry & Wilkes LLP, who were instrumental in all aspects of the services design and installation from conception through to completion. 

Designed by Q2 Architects to the highest environmental standards, the new building's exterior emultaes the sleek form of the adjacent MK stadium. It covers an area of some 7,400 sq m and incorporates production facilities as well as a distribution warehouse. 

"The new commissary will make a real difference to our operation," states Domino's Pizza Group food services director Gareth Franks. "Along with our other two similar facilities in Penrith, Cumbria, and Naas in Ireland, it will give us the capacity to achieve our plan of having at least 1,000 stores throughout the UK by 2017." 

Principal contractor, the Buckingham Group, managed the £20m project on behalf of Domino's Pizza Group. Buckingham director Mike Kempley comments "We are delighted to have sourced such a prestigious project on the basis of the cost effectiveness and quality of our service."

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