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REIDsteel gets green light for new Dorset manufacturing base

By Harry Whittle
4 February 2022

REIDsteel has been given the go-ahead for a state-of-the-art manufacturing complex in Dorset.

The firm, which also trades under the name of John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Limited, has been granted planning permission for its site in Christchurch.

Founded in 1919, the company has exported to more than 140 countries to date and employs 130 people.

The redevelopment of the REIDsteel site and adjacent land formerly occupied by Peeks Party Store will deliver a 6.4-acre manufacturing base and boost the company’s capability.

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Managing director Simon Boyd said: “This is absolutely brilliant news for REIDsteel, the local economy and GB plc.

“It is a milestone in the long history of the company, which has gained a worldwide reputation for high quality British engineering, design and manufacturing.

“It will allow us to significantly increase productivity, create more highly-skilled employment and apprenticeships, and boost the local economy while cutting our carbon footprint."

REIDsteel’s portfolio includes aircraft hangars, bridges, sports stadia, and industrial and commercial buildings across the UK and globally.

The company has gained full planning permission for the multi-million-pound-redevelopment, which will include a production yard, staff parking accessed from Mill Road, environmental improvements and landscaping.

It will also include rooftop solar panels and electric vehicle charging points.

Multiple manufacturing processes will be brought into a single, automated production line with cutting-edge technology from concept to delivery under one roof.

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