New development brings jobs hope

New plans for a office development on Wigan Road in Leyland
New plans for a office development on Wigan Road in Leyland
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A new development will see a state-of-the-art building constructed on a landmark Leyland site, creating dozens of new jobs.

Engineering design consultancy NW Projects Ltd want to create the three-storey office block on the key junction at Wigan Road on the edge of Buckshaw Village’s Matrix Park – creating 50 new jobs, with the potential for hundreds more.

The rapidly expanding business, which designs machines for the nuclear industry, has outgrown its existing premises at Ackhurst Business Park, in Chorley, and will relocate staff from there as well as creating new posts.

Liam Ferguson, chairman of NW Projects, said: “We have been publicly looking into it for the past year, looking at available sites, and this was one of the best we have seen.

“It is located close to Leyland and the M6, and is probably bigger than what we were looking for.

“But, I think we are looking to get some more tenants from our industry to have a one-off place for everyone to be based.

“We have been in three different buildings before now, from employing 12 people to now having more than 130.

“We have offices on Ackhurst Business Park in Chorley, and another in the West Lakes in Cumbria.

“However, the company has just outgrown our base and want a new place to call home.”

The new plans for the development will be decided by South Ribble Council’s planning committee, for a scheme that includes buildings with more than 150 car parking spaces and landscaping on the 0.7 hectare site.

The plans for the 2,800sq m site, with associated parking for staff and visitors, set within a soft landscaped area, have been recommended for approval.

The building will be 68m long by four metres wide, and is one storey taller than surrounding businesses on the Matrix Park.

- For more on this story, see this week’s Leyland Guardian.