Jan 2014 – Construction Starts on new Facilities
LBBC Group of engineering companies are building a new facility adjoining their existing premises in Stanningley, Leeds.
The Group has received a grant from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s Business Growth Programme, which is funded by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund. This funding is going towards new premises which will house modern design offices, improved manufacturing facilities and a new research and development (R&D) area.
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.