Grantham-based precast manufacturer Bell & Webster is making one of the biggest moves in its 60-year history; the Company has expanded its operations and set up extensive production facilities in Hoveringham, just outside of Nottingham City Centre. The expansion follows the leading precast manufacturer’s most successful trading year to date, with staff and turnover numbers increasing across key market sectors.
The new plant in Hoveringham is spread over seven and a half acres, with two main purpose-built manufacturing buildings and a large outside storage yard. World class building materials supplier Lafarge has formed an on-site partnership with Bell & Webster for the supply of the readymix - a self-compacting product called Agilia.
£1million has been injected into the Hoveringham plant to provide for new tilting tables, flatbed moulds and self-stressing moulds to create the optimum production environment needed to satisfy the Company's continuing growth. Production has increased by 50 units a day which means that, combined with the Grantham output, daily production will increase to 140 precast units.
Put into perspective, this equates to a 100-bedroom hotel being produced in one week.
Two new products will be manufactured at the Hoveringham plant to complement the Company's core product base; it will also absorb any excess capacity that is needed for Fast Build Rooms. The new products - an eight-metre wide span floor and an insulated glazed wall panel - will open new market opportunities and increased revenue streams for Bell & Webster. Whereas before the Company's acclaimed Fast Build Rooms system was used primarily for hotel and student accommodation, now that capability encompasses social housing, key worker homes, schools, apartments and prison accommodation.
Pat Sexton, Bell & Webster's Operations Director said: "The site offers enormous potential for our continued growth and will allow us to diversify away from our core products."
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