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Eric Wright Hands Over New Manufacturing Facility At Blackpool Enterprise Zone

Procure Partnerships Framework Contractor Partner Eric Wright have successfully completed a programme of new build works with the construction of a manufacturing facility at the Blackpool Enterprise Zone on behalf of Blackpool Council, valued at £4.2m.

The project was secured via the Procure Partnerships North West Framework.

The industrial unit will be used as the brand-new headquarters of Multi-Ply, an organisation that manufactures carbon fibre components for the healthcare sector. The unit includes an ancillary office and storage provision, alongside associated parking, a substation, switch room, refuge area, new vehicular access, servicing area, boundary treatment and hard and soft landscaping works.

The building, commissioned by Blackpool Council as part of a £75m scheme, is aiming to create 5,000 jobs over the next 25 years. The technological centre will create a variety of high skill, high level jobs, with over 70 Multi-Ply staff relocating to the multi-purpose building and further 100 staff to be appointed to brand new roles.

The £4.2m building was delivered on time and to budget. Eric Wright have been highly praised by our client for their outstanding work throughout the project.

Darren Dowdall, Multi-Ply Managing Director, Commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive the keys to our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

A creative and dynamic collaboration with Eric Wright Construction and Blackpool Council over the last 18 months has resulted in an incredible landmark, ‘NeXus’ with its striking magnitude an extraordinary addition to the Blackpool Enterprise Zone.”

Rob Green, Head of the Enterprise Zone for Blackpool Council, Commented: “This is a flagship for the enterprise zone, it sets a new standard for quality of development and the nature of businesses we are trying to establish here. It is hi-tech company grown form local roots which is going to expand here. I think we will see more hi-tech companies coming in over the next ten years. We want a diversification of offer in Blackpool and we can encourage local talent to stay here and invest here.”

Stephen Knowles, Eric Wright, Head of special projects, Commented: “Despite the challenging working environment over the last twelve months, the team has dug deep to complete this superb new facility as planned, something of which we are extremely proud.

We have a longstanding relationship with Blackpool, having delivered in excess of £130m of construction projects in the town in the last decade and we are absolutely delighted to add this superb new facility to our list of major commercial, community and infrastructure projects.”

Natalie Palframan, Procure Partnerships Framework, Key Account Manager, Commented: “We’re pleased to have supported Blackpool Council to procure their contractor partner for this scheme and it’s fantastic to see the completed addition to the Enterprise Zone.”

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