SCIP Engineering Group in association with van Vliet de Wet and Partners, offer process, mechanical, structural and civil consulting engineering services specializing in abattoirs, meat processing facilities and associated projects. The partners of the firm have for the last 40 years been intimately involved in the design and supervision during construction of plants for the meat industry. Their experience covers all aspects of abattoir and meat processing facilities, both locally and internationally.

The partners were responsible for the planning and supervision work during construction of many new abattoirs. These abattoirs range in size from the small rural facilities to some of the largest abattoirs in the country. A number of these abattoirs have been designed to comply with the stringent European Union export standards. They also include the design of slaughter facilities complying with Halaal and Kosher ritual requirements. The firm also has extensive experience in up-grading existing plants to improve throughput and to optimise the use of existing facilities.


Abattoir Design and Implementation

From the smallest of rural abattoirs to the most modern abattoir designed for large scale production and export to all markets across the world. The abattoirs we design achieve European Export Standards and are rated as the highest quality facilities. Our export standard abattoir design is fully automated to clients' requirements all the way from when the animal enters the facility from the lairages to where the retail cut gets dispatched from the processing area. The highest specification equipment is used to attain highest yields and quality of product. Our deboning design layouts optimise the flow of product and minimise the human resources necessary, this is done by omitting wastage in processes and product flows. Knowing the product and what is required from the start saves the client immensely in costs and time. Our complete service delivery begins on a blank canvass with a conceptual design and ends with a fully operational plant. With the correct design and management of abattoirs, various diseases can be nullified such as the outbreak of Listeria which causes Listeriosis or the spread of Salmonella for example can be mitigated by the the right processes in correctly designed Abattoirs.

Ours services include

Modern Abattoir Design / Modern Slaughter House Design

Mini/Small Abattoir Design

Export Standard Abattoir Design / Slaughter House Design

Lairage Design using Temple Grandin Principles

Abattoir Design including Process Design

Abattoir Slaughter Process

Red Offal Room Design

Rough Offal Room Design

Deboning Room Design

Processing Room Design

Lairage Design

Turnkey Abattoir Design

Low Throughput Abattoir Design

High Throughput Abattoir Design

Abattoir Design Plans

Abattoir Structural and Civil Design



Abattoir Layouts

Small Scale Abattoir Layouts

Mini Abattoir Layouts

Abattoir Floor Plans

Slaughter Floor Layouts

Amenities Layouts

Abattoir Building Plans with a Holistic View of all Processes


Meat Refrigeration and Storage Design

Carcass Cold Rooms

Meat Chiller Stores

Meat Freezer Stores

Offal Blast Freezers

Drop Down Freezers for Meat & Offal

Meat Blast Freezers

Meat Processing Designs for

Meat Deboning / Boning

Deboning Layouts

Boning Layouts

Meat Retail Packing Design

Meat Processing Design

Offal Processing & Packaging

Meat Packaging and Labelling

Meat Vacuum Pack

Meat Maturation

Wet Aged Meat / Dry Aged Meat

Meat Value Adding

Equipment Direction

Processing Equipment

Deboning Equipment

Abattoir Equipment for the Slaughter Floor

Incorporation of Equipment into Process Design


SCIP's African footprint is ever growing as work started in South Africa and is continuously expanding North into the entire SADC (Southern African Development Community) Region and beyond. In 2016 SCIP signed a working agreement with PROAND New Zealand, a global abattoir design Engineering Firm with projects globally. Together forging one of the world's most experienced design team in the meat industry with a combined experience of over 70 years in meat infrastructure design and implementation projects.

SCIP's global recognition is ever growing and with continuous development through visits to IFFA, the Red Meat Abattoir Association's annual conference in South Africa and the Value Added Agriculture Expo in Kenya, SCIP is poised to become a world leader in the design of Abattoirs and associated facilities for the meat industry


Please follow the link below to download our list of Previous Projects and Brochure

Previous Projects





128 Beyers Naudé Drive (Cnr Mendelssohn Rd)

Roosevelt Park


Gauteng, 2195

South Africa

T: +27 11 888 1425



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See below a time step video of the construction of one of South Africa's large scale cattle abattoirs designed by SCIP

SCIP Abattoir Time Step.mp4