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Steel frame up for plant machinery HQ in Suffolk

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Construction work for a new UK headquarters for Avant Tecno, a Finnish manufacturer of wheeled loads, has reached a milestone with the completion of the steel frame.

The 2,900m2 development in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk is being led by Churchmanor Estates and built by SHE French.

AC Bacon Engineering has fabricated, supplied and erected 230t of steelwork for the project.

Due for completion later this year, the site will be home to Avant Tecno’s UK operations. Facilities will include dealer training areas, offices, warehouse and a workshop.

The new development will allow the company to move from its current base near Thetford, where it has been located since it began operating the in the UK in 1994.

Raimo Ala-Korpi, Managing Director of Avant Tecno UK, commented: “We have enjoyed a sustained period of growth in recent years and, as a consequence, we have outgrown our existing warehouse and office facilities. Our new purpose-built UK headquarters represents a significant investment and is a commitment to the future for our dealers and end user customers.”

Matt Cloke, Development Director at Churchmanor, added: “Avant are the UK market leader in small and medium sized wheeled loading machines, and their arrival in Bury St. Edmunds will help to cement and grow the town’s position in the agricultural technology sector.”

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