750 Jobs Promise as Manufacturer Expands

13 July 2016

Normanton based Really Useful Products, is preparing to undertake its next expansion with the help of Lambert Smith Hampton.

Work has commenced on a  brand new 13.3 acre purpose-built facility in Wakefield for Really Useful Products, which will see the manufacturer quadruple the size of its UK operation and create a further 750 jobs in the region. Really Useful Products, which operates across 13 countries and has a £40m turnover, has appointed Lambert Smith Hampton to project manage the four phase project.

The project will see the creation of a large manufacturing and storage facility alongside a six-storey office building, which will incorporate one of the firm’s product lines within the building’s design.

Barnfield Construction is currently working on the £11.5m contract for the project’s first phase, the creation of a 204,000 sq ft factory. 

The new factory is taking design inspiration from the fashion world and feng shui consultants, whilst also aiming to achieve maximum energy efficiency.

Mike Pickles, CEO, Really Useful products explained:

“Our current site has no expansion space so our dream is to create a new manufacturing facility that will support our growing business. As a business, we are constantly producing exciting and interesting product designs and we want our new facility to reflect this.

“We have absolutely no building experience so we have engaged with Gayle Taylor from Lambert Smith Hampton, who is project managing the whole scheme for us and is bringing on-board the necessary contractors.”

This initial phase is due for completion in Autumn 2016, with plans to start phase two in 2017.

Gayle Taylor, head of building consultancy in Lambert Smith Hampton’s Manchester office, explained:

“Lambert Smith Hampton has a pretty impressive track record when it comes to project management, particularly for owner occupiers, which will stand us in good stead for the Really Useful Products build.

“This is a really exciting and ambitious project to be involved in. The designs are iconic and some of the processes unusual in the sense that we are working with a feng shui consultant.

“As a result, we are having to veer away from some of the conventional ways of doing things, whilst also remaining mindful of budget and timescales.”