Work starts at £22m Winsford factory

Bowmer & Kirkland has begun construction for Rula Developments on the new production facility for trailer and bodywork manufacturer Tiger Trailers.

The 168,000 sq ft factory will see Tiger’s operations double in size at Winsford Industrial Estate, with an expected annual output of 3,000 trailers and bodies, plus the creation of 120 new jobs over the next three years.

Consent was secured in November 2017, following the completion of a land deal with Public Sector PLC and Cheshire West & Chester Council, since which time infrastructure and enabling works have been installed.

Tiger is currently based to the south of the development plot, but has outgrown the 105,000 sq ft space. CWAC announced in April that it would contribute towards development on the 17-acre plot.

The project is due to be completed at the end of 2018. Phase one totals 168,000 sq ft and will provide production space, head office and showroom facilities, with specialist fit out elements including compressed air installation, welding stations, paint booths and shot blasting booths.

The development could then be extended up to a total of 250,000 sq ft depending on the company’s requirements – Tiger is a rapidly expanding operation, going from sales of £1.98m in 2014 to £31.51m in 2017, fuelled by both domestic and European sales. The new factory will enable the company to turn over £60m to £70m after three years, it said.

Ben Ward, managing director of Rula Developments, said: “The process from land purchase, to gaining planning consent to now starting on site has been efficient and quick. This marks our first full development project for us in the North West and we are encouraged by the market opportunities in the region.

“The North West market has demonstrated to us that, with strong financial standing and national connections with both joint ventures and the end users, there are exciting breaks to be had, and ones that we will pursue across industrial, retail and mixed use sectors.”

Paul Brown, regional director of PSP, added: “We are excited to be working in partnership with Cheshire West & Chester Council to help deliver investment to this site.  This is a great example of private-public working together to the benefit of a wider regeneration strategy which will create new jobs for the community as well as other socio-economic benefits.”

Legat Owen advised PSP and CWAC.

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