Manufacturing firm given the go-ahead for expansion

Hambleside Danelaw
Hambleside Danelaw

Work on a major expansion project at a national manufacturing firm’s Daventry headquarters is set to go ahead in the spring after the scheme was granted planning approval.

Roofing products specialist Hambleside Danelaw is working with Daventry District Council (DDC) on plans to build a new 30,000 sq ft facility next to its flagship headquarters in Long March, Daventry, which it leases from the Council.

The new development, which will accommodate a new production line for glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) rooflights, was granted approval by DDC’s Planning Committee on Wednesday (January 28).

The new facility is part of Hambleside Danelaw’s plans for significant long-term investment in response to the recent economic upturn in the construction industry. The company anticipates that about ten additional jobs will be created locally as a result.

DDC is investing £3.178m of capital funding towards building the extension, which will be leased to the company on a long-term basis. The plans follow the Council’s construction of the company’s purpose-built headquarters in Long March, off South Way, in 2007.

Chris Avery, Managing Director of Hambleside Danelaw, said: “We are delighted the scheme has been granted approval and are looking forward to forging ahead with the expansion project in partnership with Daventry District Council.

“Locating the rooflight element of GRP production to Daventry, close to our core markets, will allow us to reduce lead times, improve logistics and thereby further improve customer service.

“After a long period of recession there is real optimism in the construction sector at the moment and this major new expansion reflects our company’s recent strong performance.”

DDCs economic regeneration and employment portfolio holder Cllr Chris Over said: “We are delighted to be working with Hambleside Danelaw on this expansion project, which will deliver a real boost to the local economy as well as creating new jobs.”