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REIDsteel gets green light for major redevelopment plans

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Manufacturer John Reid & Sons has won planning permission for a major redevelopment of its REIDsteel site in Christchurch, Dorset.

The local council has approved plans for a state-of-the-art manufacturing complex, new offices and staff facilities.

The redevelopment of the site and adjacent land, formerly occupied by Peeks Party Store, will deliver a 6.4-acre manufacturing base and boost the company’s capability.

Managing Director Simon Boyd said: “This is absolutely brilliant news for REIDsteel, the local economy and GB plc.

“It is a milestone in the long history of the company, which has gained a worldwide reputation for high quality British engineering, design and manufacturing.

“It will allow us to significantly increase productivity, create more highly-skilled employment and apprenticeships, and boost the local economy while cutting our carbon footprint.”

According to the company, the new facility will also enhance the steelwork contractor’s ability within both the domestic and export markets.

Mr Boyd added: “Our multi-million-pound-redevelopment, will include a production yard, staff parking accessed from Mill Road, environmental improvements and landscaping.

“It will also include rooftop solar panels and electric vehicle charging points. Multiple manufacturing processes will be brought into a single, automated production line with cutting-edge technology from concept to delivery under one roof.”

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