‘Super factory’ takes shape on Burnley business park

Aerial shot of  steel framework at Burnley Bridge Business Park (S)
Aerial shot of steel framework at Burnley Bridge Business Park (S)

A building large enough to house five football pitches is taking shape at the Burnley Bridge business park.

The development, off Junction 9 of the M65, will be a technology distribution centre. A fifth of its 543,620 sq ft steel framework, around 220 tonnes, is already in place. The building team, Bowmer & Kirkland, expect to finish construction in May and to have the site fully operational by early 2017.

Every day we see more and more progress being made at the site but it’s great to see the steelwork going up as this is a major milestone in the project’s delivery

Eshton managing director James Chapman

More than 42km of steel tubular piles will have been driven into the ground, 40,000 tonnes of concrete poured and 2,000 tonnes of steel used by the time the job is done,

Work began in the summer and so far nearly half of the service yard concrete has been poured.

To date, 3300 of 3911 pilings are in place to support the weight of the building. Steelwork erection will continue over the coming weeks, with precast concrete works and cladding starting soon afterwards.

Workmen are currently creating two distribution bays a day, and have made 65 of the 160 planned concrete pours.

The premises will be a hub for the technology distribution business Exertis. The firm is the largest concern yet set to operate from the 70-acre park being built by Eshton, a privately-owned property development and investment business based in Leeds.

Said Eshton managing director James Chapman: “The deal to bring Exertis to Burnley Bridge Business Park was a landmark for the region and us as a business, so to see the building finally taking shape is a huge step forward for commercial development locally.

“Every day we see more and more progress being made at the site but it’s great to see the steelwork going up as this is a major milestone in the project’s delivery.”

Gary Bradley, regional director of Bowmer & Kirkland, added: “We are delighted to be working with Eshton to deliver this distribution centre for Exertis. We are on programme and construction has progressed very well.”

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