Trade Mouldings creates new 75,000 sq ft distribution centre on six acre site
Posted by Aahmed on 12 Oct 2018 at 14:00
Work has started on Trade Mouldings’ new 75,000 sq ft distribution centre on a six acre site at Kingsway Business Park in Rochdale. The design and build premises will nearly treble the space available to the manufacturer of kitchen and bedroom unit doors and MDF wrapped mouldings, and create around 30 new jobs.
Northern Ireland-based Trade Mouldings has been distributing across the UK from Blueberry Business Park in Rochdale since 2002, when it moved into its current premises at Blueberry Business Park. The growing business now needs the extra capacity and flexibility that a tailor made unit at Kingsway can offer. Director Damien Connolly says Rochdale was the perfect location for the business as it sought to expand.
“Rochdale and Kingsway are close to the motorway network and Kingsway has direct access to the M62. Manchester is on the doorstep, Liverpool and Leeds are within an hour and Birmingham is just over two hours away. That’s a huge population base within easy reach. We have been based in the area for 15 years and wanted to remain close to our existing site as we have many key staff in the area who have been with us from the start.”
The significant increase in capacity means the business can be more efficient, with an expanded stock range, a larger showroom and trade counter and a more complete service for customers, all under one roof. The company expects to occupy the unit in Autumn 2019.
After discussions with the developer at Kingsway, Wilson Bowden, the company opted for a complete design and build solution, rather than buying an existing unit, as Damien explains:
“We wanted a tailor made solution for our products and a building designed exactly for our needs, with high eaves height, showroom and office space to our requirements and loading bays in the most efficient locations. We also wanted the option of additional land to future proof the business and we have further room for expansion next to the unit we are acquiring at Kingsway.
Kingsway Business Park is being developed by a joint venture partnership between Wilson Bowden, Homes England, Rochdale Borough Council and Rochdale Development Agency.
Carl Moore, Head of Home Ownership and Supply for the North West, Homes England, the government organisation which owns the land on which Kingsway stands, says: “We’re delighted that an ambitious, growing company like Trade Mouldings has chosen to stay in Rochdale and develop a site at Kingsway Business Park. That shows the confidence they have in both Kingsway and the area. This large new facility also helps Homes England achieve its ambitions of building more business floor space - and in turn helping to create jobs - across the country.”
Rochdale Development Agency and Rochdale Borough Council are supporting Trade Mouldings with their expansion project.
P3 and JLL are the appointed agents for Kingsway Business Park.