Work starts on a £3.2m extension at Daventry business

Managing Director of Hambleside Danelaw Chris Avery, DDC's Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Cllr David James and Hambleside Danelaw Sales Director Ian Weakford at the construction site.
Managing Director of Hambleside Danelaw Chris Avery, DDC's Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Cllr David James and Hambleside Danelaw Sales Director Ian Weakford at the construction site.

Construction work on a major extension to a national manufacturing company’s Daventry operation started this week.

The new 30,000 sq ft facility at Hambleside Danelaw’s Long March headquarters will accommodate a new production line for glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) rooflights.

It is being built by Nottinghamshire-based Clegg Construction, in a project which is expected to take around 10 months to complete.

The project is being carried out in partnership with Daventry District Council (DDC), which has invested £3,178,000 of capital funding and will lease the completed facility to Hambleside Danelaw on a long-term basis.

The deal further cements a fruitful partnership between the business and DDC. Hambleside leases its Daventry headquarters from the council on a 15-year term after the local authority built the facility in 2007 as part of a project to regenerate the former Middlemarch industrial estate in the town.

Hambleside Danelaw manufactures GRP flashings, GRP profiled rooflights, wall lights and cladding, the Dryseal GRP roofing system and a range of roof, cavity and underfloor ventilation products and ancillaries.

Chris Avery, Hambleside Danelaw’s managing director, said: “We’re proud to be based in Daventry, and this new facility – close to our core markets – will allow us to reduce lead times, improve logistics and further improve customer service.

“After the recent downturn in the construction sector we think there’s real cause for optimism again. This investment reflects that and we’re really pleased to be able to get work underway.”

Councillor David James, DDC’s economic, regeneration and employment portfolio holder, said: “Daventry District is a great place to do business, and it’s fantastic to see firms like Hambleside Danelaw doing so well.

“The promotion of economic growth and job creation in the district are priorities for this Council so we are always keen to work with new companies to help them maximise their potential.”