PP OConnor New HQ

PP O’Connor submits plans for Trafford Park office

Demolition and civil engineering contractor PP O’Connor has submitted a planning application for an office and warehouse development in Trafford Park, designed by architect Falconer Chester Hall.

The site off Trafford Park Road and Mosley Road, formerly owned by Washington Mills Electro Minerals, is currently home to a number of low-rise industrial units. It was used by Washington Mills to produce mineral products until April 2017.

Buildings on the site will be cleared to make way for an 11,315 sq ft, three-storey office for PP O’Connor staff and a 9,160 sq ft warehouse to house the company’s fleet of demolition vehicles, as well as four refuelling stations.

The company, which works with main contractors across the region including Laing O’Rourke and Henry Boot Construction, is currently based on Woodrow Way in Irlam.

PP O’Connor has submitted a hybrid application for the development to Trafford Council: a full planning application for the office and warehouse, and outline consent for a recycling facility at the site.

The recycling facility will be used by the contractor to dispose and re-use construction waste generated on its sites.

Zerum acted as planner for the scheme. Neighbouring businesses to the development include delivery firm CHEPUK and cold storage company TDG UK.

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It’s actually quite sad to see this go – one of the few brick built factory complexes of that sort of scale left in Trafford Park.

By Demo

Prior to being acquired by Washington Mills, the company was known as the Carborundum Company, one of many American firms that set up there after the ship canal opened.

There is a bit of history of the firm and some interesting corporate advertising photographs here: https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Carborundum_Co

And if you look at the aerial photograph of 1947 on this poster and compare it to the one in the Place north west article you can see what remains of the original complex: the chimney, part of the saw tooth roofed warehouse, the stepped roof of the smaller office building and the sweeping loop of the railway sidings: https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/images/d/d9/Im194705AE-Carborundum.jpg

A great shame to see another piece of Trafford Park’s history disappear without anyone really noticing.

By Demo