Concrete plans for 200 jobs and major heavy manufacturing in Scunthorpe

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 2 Aug 2018

Plans have been revealed for a new factory which could create 200 jobs in Scunthorpe.

Concrete specialist ABM Precast Solutions is looking to build a manufacturing facility on an 18.8-acre site at Normanby Enterprise Park.

The Nottinghamshire-based company has submitted a planning application to North Lincolnshire Council and has earmarked a site off Moat Road for the facility.

If planning permission is granted, construction work could begin on the project later this year.

ABM currently operates from a 24,000 sq m production facility in Tuxford, north Nottinghamshire, but it is "too small to accommodate the continued growth of the company".

An example of ABM Precast Solutions' work. Picture: Twitter / @ABMPrecast. 

And the business is now aiming to build the new plant in Scunthorpe to complement its existing site.

Mike Sanderson of ABM Precast Solutions, said: "In recent years, a significant proportion of the UK civil engineering industry’s demand for precast concrete has been met by imports.

"The number of major construction and infrastructure projects starting in the UK over the next few years is expected to create significant demand for the off-site manufacture of precast concrete components.

"The new plant would complement ABM’s existing site in north Nottinghamshire. Subject to planning approval, we envisage construction will begin later this year."

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ABM designs and manufactures a wide range of precast concrete products from small coping units to large structural components weighing more than 120 tonnes.

It is the largest independent producer of pre-stressed bridge beams in Britain and also offers bespoke reinforced and post-tensioned products developed and tailored to the needs of individual projects.

Planners have been told by the business that it proposes to create 200 full-time roles.

ABM Precast's work at Middlesborough Docks.

As well as the main building, the company is also seeking planning permission for external storage areas and associated infrastructure.

While stating 6am to 7pm Monday to Friday would be usual operating hours, ABM will seek permission to work 24/7.

The proposed site for the new facility falls within the area known as Normanby Enterprise Park Seven, which was given a Growth Deal allocation by the Government to help pay for infrastructure works to enable development.

As reported, it was brought to market in January this year.

North Lincolnshire Council leader Rob Waltham said: "We got £1 million from the Government to expand 60 acres of the Normanby Enterprise Park Seven site.

"We have used that and are working with a number of investors who are looking to create hundreds of new jobs and will be revealing plans over the coming months.

"We are really keen to use this site to attract better-paid technical jobs and it is in a great position, with good links to the motorway."

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