Russells Construction has started on site at a £10m production and testing facility for mining solutions provider Joy Global, at Logistics North near Bolton.
The 82,000 sq ft unit is made up of 43,300 sq ft manufacturing space with 38,500 sq ft of office space, and is due for completion by summer 2016.
When complete, Joy Global will move operations from its existing location at Ince in Wigan to the new facility.
Designed by APL Architects and engineers from Healy Consulting, the purpose-built facility will feature several elements to allow for the testing of heavy equipment and machinery used for mining.
Reinforced internal and external floor slab will support machines of up to 100 tonnes, while pits approximately 3.5m deep have been designed to enable testing of roof support equipment used in the mining industry, with loads up to 2,500 tonnes.
Andrew Russell, director of Russells Construction, added: “It’s great to get started on the Joy Global project. As a client they have been great to work with and very clear in their requirements. We’ve put together a team with vast experience of large industrial schemes and bespoke hi-tech facilities to deliver this programme, and we’re looking forward to handing over the keys next summer.”
This is the third unit to be built at Logistics North, Howarth Estates’ 550-acre industrial park at junction 4 of the M61.