Stoford hands over production warehouse to Portion Solutions
UK-leading food packing manufacturer Portion Solutions has taken possession of a new purpose built production warehouse building on a Telford Land Deal site from commercial developer, Stoford.
The scheme has delivered a single high-specification warehouse and manufacturing unit of 123,000 sq ft on a 6.72-acre plot at Hortonwood 40, to the north of the borough of Telford and Wrekin.
It includes ancillary office accommodation, car parking and landscaping, as well as a new access road to the building, which lies just off the A442.
The manufacturer is combining its production and distribution operations at the new facility, securing the future of its existing workforce and creating new employment opportunities.
The building was delivered by Stoford and main contractor Morris Property and is expected to be fully operational by spring 2023.
Angus Huntley, Director at Stoford said: “This is a first-class new production warehouse facility that is an impressive addition to a well established business location. The development will enable Portion Solutions to remain in Telford and unite its workforce in one single building, with the potential to sustain hundreds of jobs.”
Rob Thomson, Operations Director at Portion Solutions, said: “This is a hugely exciting project and one that doesn’t come along often in your working life. To have the opportunity to relocate to a purpose built site provides a great foundation for the future business growth of Portion Solutions and is a clear message of the commitment to continuing our operations in the local area.”
The Telford Land Deal is a partnership between Telford & Wrekin Council, Homes England and the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.
Under the deal, the council has responsibility to bring forward sites, de-risk them and provide ‘shovel ready’ sites available to develop for residential and employment uses.
Councillor Lee Carter (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, Regeneration and the High Street said: “It’s really pleasing to see this fantastic warehouse and manufacturing space being handed over to Portion Solutions.
“This project is another prime example of how a Telford Land Deal site has been transformed and regenerated to give businesses new state-of-the-art facilities in a prime location like Hortonwood.”
Councillor Eileen Callear (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy, Employment and Skills added: “This new site is enabling Portion Solutions to expand, sustain jobs and create new employment opportunities.
“A new facility under one roof is wonderful news for Portion Solutions and we wish them every success for the future.”
Mandy Thorn MBE, chair of the Marches LEP, said: “It is wonderful to see Portion Solutions taking possession of this new site, which again demonstrates that our unique Telford Land Deal has delivered real growth, jobs and opportunities across the town.”
CAPTION: (l-r) Simon Nicholson, Portion Solutions; Nick Fox, Portion Solutions; Angus Huntley, Stoford; Rob Thomson, Portion Solutions; Lee Evason, Morris Property; Glyn O’Hara, Morris Property; Simon Ganley, Stoford; Cllr Eileen Callear, Telford & Wrekin Council.