Fac­tory approval just the ticket for ex­pand­ing en­gi­neer­ing firm

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS - phillip.thomp­[email protected]­plc.com Phillip THOMP­SON

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.

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