Work Starts on Smart Factory Development

Posted by Barry Pearson on November 21, 2014  |   Comments Off on Work Starts on Smart Factory Development

Work has now begun on Smart Architectural Aluminium’s 15,000 square metre factory extension at the company’s headquarters in Yatton, North Somerset.

Following its relocation to a green field site in 2005, and subsequent expansion in 2010, this development represents the third major expansion phase for the company in just nine years and includes the installation of a third aluminium extrusion press and second paint line, which will add around fifty percent to the company’s overall manufacturing capacity.

Commenting on the work, Eddie Robinson, Managing Director of Smart said: “After a great deal of very constructive, collaborative work with Councillors and the Planning and Economic Development teams at North Somerset Council, we are all delighted to see work starting in earnest on site.

“As well as delivering a significant increase in capacity to meet the growing demand for our systems from architects, contractors, fabricators and installers across the UK, the expansion programme will also see the installation of two wind turbines on site. In keeping with our commitment to deliver sustainable processes and materials, the renewable energy turbines will enable our manufacturing plant to become entirely self-sufficient in terms of energy supply. On completion, the expansion programme will also have effectively doubled our existing workforce, with over 200 new, permanent jobs having been created.”

Richard Kent, Head of Development Management at North Somerset Council said: “We are committed to working with local companies to help them grow and expand. This project did not come without its problems, but thanks to some excellent joint working between the company and the planning officer, we were able to resolve them. Smart is a major employer and we are very pleased to have helped their continued expansion in North Somerset.”

Construction and installation work will continue into 2015, with the new press and paint line expected to be commissioned by next summer.