A major expansion of Leyland Trucks will soon get underway to create more office space and a visitor centre at the plant.
The 52-week project will provide an additional floor on top of existing two-storey office accommodation, and is enabling the truck manufacturer to upgrade its office space and re-organise factory flow systems.
The work, expected to start on November 10, will also include extending the staff canteen, upgrading existing office space, toilets and the medical centre, and establishing a conference room and visitor centre.
Managing director of Leyland Trucks, Ron Augustyn, said: “This renovation project enables Leyland Trucks to upgrade our existing office areas and meeting rooms, and improve our on-site medical and catering facilities.
“Also, Leyland’s Design Centre, which houses about 90 engineers, will be relocated into the new office development, creating approximately 12,000 sq ft of additional manufacturing plant space that will enable improvements to our material flow and production processes.
“We will also create a new visitor centre to support the more than 100 visits and 2,000 visitors we host each year.
“In addition to our customers and dealers, Leyland Trucks hosts visitors from the local and wider community including leaders from business, government and education as well as school students.”
Conlon Construction has been appointed to undertake the renovation at the Lancashire Business Park in Farington, and the project has been designed by architectural and planning consultancy practice, Cassidy and Ashton.
Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction, said: “Leyland Trucks is one of Lancashire’s greatest success stories, so we’re honoured to have been awarded this contract.
“This renovation project will enable Leyland Trucks to streamline its business operations, providing better flexibility and efficiency across the engineering and administrative sides of the business.
“It will also provide better facilities for the many customer and education visits hosted throughout the year.”
Iain Scales, director at Cassidy and Ashton, added: “Our planning application and designs received overwhelming approval from committee members at South Ribble Council, so we’re extremely pleased that a contractor, who we have worked with on many occasions, will be starting on site very soon.”