Work on the new 15,000 sq ft facility in Stanningley, Leeds, was completed at the end of August, following an eight-month build period managed by Triton Construction. The new premises feature 10,000 sq ft of manufacturing space for assembly, testing and development, plus 5,000 sq ft of modern office space.
The £1.5 million investment has been supported by a £130,000 grant from the LEP’s business growth programme. Funded through the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, the business growth programme is designed to help businesses expand and create jobs. It offers grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 to SMEs to cover up to 20% of the cost of capital investment in new premises, fit outs and equipment.
LBBC Technologies is a division of the £8.5 million turnover LBBC Group. It is a world leader in the supply of autoclave systems and related engineering activities used in a range of high pressure applications and environments.
The company recently supplied equipment worth over £1 million to Rolls-Royce for its new blades casting facility in Rotherham, one of the most advanced investment casting foundries in the world. Other clients include BAE Systems, and over 70 per cent of the firm’s sales go to export markets in the US, Russia, China, Asia and Europe.
Sister division LBBC Beechwood focuses on sub-contract activities of machining, dished heads and fabrication for the domestic market. With specialist capability and approvals to undertake pressure vessel manufacture and fabrication for the USA and China, LBBC Beechwood is well placed to work with UK partners as a key supplier to these markets.
Roger Marsh, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership said: “The Leeds City Region is a major centre within the UK for advanced engineering and the LEP is delighted to support this investment in new testing and development facilities, which will enable LBBC to continue as a global leader in its field.
“As the largest manufacturing centre in the country, the sector has a key role to play in driving above-trend growth and jobs as part of our strategy to develop the Leeds City Region as a powerhouse for the UK economy.”
The group currently employs a workforce of 70 and managing director Howard Pickard sees scope for further growth across both divisions of the group: “We’re aiming for £10 million turnover and there’s potential to go beyond that. In the process, we expect to increase the number and calibre of the people we employ.”
“The new facility for LBBC Technologies is critical to our strategy going forward, with the need for continuous investment in product development and testing to support highly specialised projects and maintain our position as global leaders in sectors such as investment casting. The new premises are now home to LBBC Technologies, providing space for our sister division LBBC Beechwood to expand into existing facilities on the site.”
LBBC, originating as the Leeds and Bradford Boiler Company Ltd is a long-established family-owned business and has been located at its current site in Stanningley, Leeds, since 1876. Howard Pickard and his brother Robert are the fifth generation of their family to run the business.
Cllr Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council and Chair of the LEP’s investment panel said: “Manufacturing remains an important sector for the Leeds economy, employing around 30,000 people and punching well above it weight both in terms of output and productivity. The investment by LBBC and its plans for continued growth are excellent news for the company and its workforce.”
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Howard Pickard, the fifth generation Managing Director of LBBC Group said “The new facilities will become home to LBBC Technologies and allow our sister division LBBC Beechwood to grow as they expand in the space that will then be available within the existing facilities.”
“LBBC has been on this site since 1876 and in recent times LBBC Technologies division have grown to become experts in supplying niche equipment particularly to the investment casting industry, with 70% being exported. This facility will enable the whole group to further pursue our vision and support our continuous investment in R&D as we look to achieve future growth and continue to be global leaders in investment casting.”
“This is an exciting time for LBBC Technologies as we have also recently installed our equipment in one of the most advanced investment casting foundries in the world, Rolls-Royce’s new Advanced Blades Casting Facility (ABCF) in Rotherham.”
Roger Marsh, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership comments: “The LEP is really pleased to support this investment in new research and development facilities, to enable LBBC to continue as an expert in its field.
“This grant also aims to create new jobs at the site and lead to further growth for the business both regionally, nationally and with overseas markets.”
The principal contractors Triton Construction Ltd, based in Liversedge, have started on site with the construction due for completion in August. Michael Parkinson, Managing Director said “LBBC have a long and impressive 138 year history and that they are still expanding their operations is a great success story. We are proud to be a part of the team helping LBBC to continue in their growth. We wish them every success with the new facility.”
David Smithies, Relationship Director Commercial Banking, Leeds for NatWest said “This project represents the next step in the company’s continued growth and aspirations and we are delighted to be able to provide financial support for this exciting new development. The Company have been a long standing customer of NatWest and we have been able to partner the directors as they have continued to increase their international customer base. The UK manufacturing sector as a whole is incredibly diverse and NatWest is working hard to ensure its proposition supports all manufacturing businesses, regardless of sub sector, size or location.”
Horsforth, Leeds, based architectural practice, Kilmartin Plowman Partners, Managing Director Tony Plowman said “It is great to have been involved in the project from the outset, supporting the continued growth of a long established local engineering business.”
“We have been involved, from inception through to completion in the design and development of the new facilities to accommodate the development of new technologies and products reinforcing the commitment of LBBC to its traditional home.”
“The design aims to reflect the combination of traditional values with modern methods and materials being a key part of LBBC’s ethos.” added Tony.
In a testament to the historical importance of LBBC and their continued investment and support to the area The Local Authority and the Local Community were supportive throughout the Planning Process.”
Peter Smith, Managing Partner of Otley based surveyors, Banks Smith Partnership said “We are pleased to have been involved with this project since its inception in 2012, it is exciting times with the steel already on site.”
“We have received fantastic support from all the partners in bringing this new facility from being a concept vision through to reality.” added Howard Pickard.