Factory approval just the ticket for expanding engineering firm
ONE of the county’s biggest employers has had plans for a new factory approved as part of major growth plans.
Safran Landing Systems, which was named fifth in the Top 100 Businesses in Gloucestershire 2019, employs around 1,200 people and hopes the new facility will help them to meet increased production.
The new 6,350sq m site will include production and office facilities, a view
ing platform and improved external space for vehicles and update designs.
The plans, approved by Tewkesbury Borough Council, will see one existing building partly demolished with the new site on the existing footprint on its Cheltenham Road East site at Staverton.
The aerospace engineering firm and world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems supports more than 27,000 aircraft making 70,000 landings every day.
The supporting statement said the new site will include: “Research and development facilities, engineering design, systems integration, test, production, processing, assembly, commercial and product support.”
The aim is to create three production aisles to assemble aircraft undercarriages, an office suite able to expand to the needs of the business anda viewing platform suitable for easy visual inspection of the manufacturing area.
The proposal said: “There is a requirement to increase production and therefore a need to add additional assembly space.”
The majority of the buildings, including the building set to be partly demolished, date from pre-war to early 1950s.
The facility will be completed in two phases to prevent disruption to ongoing production.
The ground floor will feature a reception and showroom, office space with kitchenette, two conference rooms, production rooms and an assembly and inspection area. The first floor will feature more office space, a board room, two conference rooms, breakout space, a viewing gallery and toilets.
The programme said the building could be completed in 18 weeks.