State-of-the-art new landmark

New plans for a office development on Wigan Road in Leyland
New plans for a office development on Wigan Road in Leyland
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A job spinning development will see a new state-of-the-art building constructed on a landmark site near Chorley.

Engineering design consultancy NW Projects Ltd want to create the three-storey office block on the key junction at Wigan Road on the edge of Buckshaw Village’s Matrix Park - creating 50 new jobs and with the potential for hundreds more.

The rapidly expanding business, which designs machines for the nuclear industry, has outgrown it’s existing premises at Ackhurst Business Park in Chorley, as well as creating new posts.

Liam Ferguson, chairman of NW Projects, said: “We have been publicly looking into it for the past year looking at available sites and this was one of the best we have seen.

“It is located close to Leyland and the M6 and is probably bigger than what we were looking for.

“But, I think we are looking to get some more tenants from our industry to have a one-off place for everyone to be based.

“We have been in three different buildings before now from employing 12 people to now having more than 130.

“We have offices on Ackhurst Business Park in Chorley and another in the West Lakes in Cumbria.

“However, the company has just outgrown our base and want a new place to call home.”

The new plans for the development will be decided by South Ribble Council’s planning committee for a scheme that includes buildings with more than 150 car parking spaces and landscaping on the 0.7 hectare site.

The proposals for the 2800m2 site with associated parking for staff and visitors set within a soft landscaped area have been recommended for approval by council officers.

The building will be 68m long by four metres wide and is one storey taller than surrounding businesses on the Matrix Park.

The news will come as a boost to the local area as bosses plan to provide at least 50 more jobs and they think that with more businesses coming to the area then there is even more potential for employment.

Mr Ferguson, said: “The site is in a prime location and if it is approved then we are hoping to start work in June and then complete in 12 months time from then.”

More than 15 years ago, the brownfield area of land on Wigan Road was seen as part of masterplan to kickstart the area but today it remains littered with rubbish, and overgrown shrubs.

Local people say that the area has been left behind as it sits in the shadow of the plush and stylish multi-million pound 60,000m2 Waitrose distribution centre, which is still under construction.

Meanwhile, Kay Davies, chair of the Buckshaw Village Community Association, said: “It is frustrating for people who live and work nearby that have to look at that site which seems to be have been forgotten about.

“It is good to see things moving forward and we could do with another affluent business like Waitrose coming here which would bring jobs to the area.”