A major new manufacturing facility at Redditch has been handed over to Pilkington Automotive.
This follows a 12 month build period by M&G Real Estate and Trebor Developments to construct a new 72,000 sq ft extension to Pilkington Automotive’s existing 250,000 sq ft facility together with major alterations to the existing warehouse building, in order to create a leading edge manufacturing operation – all of which has been undertaken while Pilkington Automotive’s distribution operations have continued uninterrupted.
The development is the result of Pilkington Automotive’s plan to relocate its manufacturing operation from its current site in Kings Norton, consolidating Pilkington Auotomotive’s operations in Redditch, the home of its national distribution centre for 20 years.
Mark Wright, Partner leading the project for Trebor Developments, commented: “We are very pleased to have achieved handover of this major development. All parties have collaborated on the delivery of the project, working on a live operational site and with additional challenges from Covid-19 successfully navigated. We’re delighted with the feedback from the operational Pilkington team as they take occupation.”
Rob Purcell, NSG Group’s Head of Automotive OE (globally) said: “Redditch is now the consolidated centre for our automotive operations throughout the UK. We are delighted with our new expanded and improved facility, which has been designed to be future proofed to allow us to continue to develop glass products for our customers’ vehicle automation and electrification initiatives.”
A spokesperson for M&G Real Estate said: “It is fantastic to see our proactive asset management approach in action, made possible through close collaboration with an existing tenant, Pilkington Automotive, and our development partner, Trebor Developments. We have delivered a superb, combined manufacturing and distribution facility that meets Pilkington Automotive’s current and future needs.
“We actively invest in the development market, with an emphasis on delivering high quality modern developments in supply-constrained locations. The speed and conclusion of the transaction throughout all phases of the development, in line with the tenant’s programme, is testament to the hard work of all in delivering an outstanding facility”.