Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone has been given the green light by Blackpool Council’s Executive who have agreed to the build of a 40,000 sq ft commercial unit as part of Phase One development of the site.
Subject to agreeing final contract details, the custom-built
premises will be the new headquarters for local company Multi-Ply Components
Ltd, one of the world’s leading specialists in the design and manufacture of
carbon fibre composite components for the medical x-ray equipment industry.
Founded in 1987 by Peter Bourne, Multi-Ply currently operate
from three sites in Inskip and Great Eccleston.
Multi-Ply will be combining their sites in a purpose built commercial
unit on the Enterprise Zone for their 69 staff. Having outgrown their existing
premises, the move will allow the company to expand, initially creating a
further 16 new jobs and are expecting to employ over 100 staff within the next
five years. The new site also provides the company with land for further
expansion in the future if required.
Fletcher Bond Chartered Surveyors are acting on
behalf of Multi-Ply and Cassidy + Ashton Architects and Planning Consultants are
acting for Blackpool Council. Blackpool Council will enter into a building
contract for the construction of the proposed development and Multi-Ply will
take the unit on a 25 year long leasehold term. Planning was originally approved
in October 2019 and the Council team have been negotiating and working on
detailed designs to suit the client’s bespoke specifications. Work is expected
to commence this summer.
co-owner of Multi-Ply said, “It has been a complex journey to get to this
point and we are delighted that we can finally see a start to building our new premises.
We have outgrown our current sites which all have agricultural connections and
are just no longer suitable for our business needs. The new premises will
enable us to expand and continue to grow our business which involves supplying
key components to the medical imaging market worldwide. It was important that
we remained on the Fylde Coast as we wanted to provide stability for our staff;
the opportunity to build a bespoke unit at Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone
has enabled us to do that. We are excited for what the future holds and can’t
wait to relocate to this new site.”
Peter Appleton, Managing Director of
Multi-Ply said, “I am
extremely pleased to see this phase of the project being approved. This new
facility will mean we can consolidate our manufacturing operations on one site
and allow us to further grow the business. Additionally this will also deliver
real economic benefit for the Fylde coast region.”
Smith, Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Job Creation said, “We are delighted that Multi-Ply has chosen the
Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone for their new business base. This flagship
development will be the first bespoke build on Phase 1 development land at the
eastern gateway of the site, earmarking a significant move forward with the
regeneration plans, bringing valuable skilled employment opportunities to the
area and providing a catalyst for future private sector development and
investment over the next few years.”
The development is part funded by Lancashire
Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal Funding subject to contract.
Steve Fogg, Chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, which contributed £0.8m through Growth Deal funding said, ”It is great news that Blackpool Council’s Executive has given the go ahead for this scheme. The development will contribute to the continuing transformation of Blackpool and has the potential to create a number of new jobs for the area. Locating to these new premises will allow Multi-ply Components Ltd to invest in research and development into new product lines which I hope will enable the company to grow from strength to strength and continue to increase its workforce. This is welcome news for both the local and wider economies.”
Lancashire’s Growth Deal Programme
In the last three years the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has successfully secured £320m of Growth Deal investment from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.
one of the largest Growth Deal settlements to be allocated to a LEP, is
designed to help improve and upgrade existing commercial infrastructure,
kickstart new economic initiatives, and unlock additional private investment to
drive further growth across the county.
projects have directly benefitted from the LEP’s Growth Deal Programme. These
and improved transport connections including the Blackburn-Bolton Rail
Corridor; the Broughton Bypass; the Centenary Way Viaduct; and the
Hyndburn-Burnley-Pendle Growth Corridor;
higher education, research and vocational skills provision and facilities
including UCLan’s flagship Engineering and Innovation Centre; the national Energy
HQ in Blackpool; Lancaster’s Health Innovation Campus; and Myerscough
College’s Food & Farming Innovation Centre;
wide-ranging package of regeneration programmes specifically for Blackpool
including a new international conference centre at the Winter Gardens complex;
the development of Blackpool town centre ‘Green Corridors’; traffic management,
bridge and road improvements and an extension of Blackpool’s tram network.
The Growth Deal
programme will help to generate up to 11,000 new jobs, create 3,900 new homes
and attract £1.2 billion of additional public and private investment for
Growth Deal programme is also fully aligned to other major economic initiatives
such as the £450m Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, the £20m
Growing Places Investment Fund, and the Lancashire Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Enterprise Zone Cluster.