Thwaites new brewery, stables and head office is starting to take shape in Mellor Brook.
Planning permission was granted at the beginning of the year for the new £8m development, which is on the A59.
The site already looks a world away from how it was, as the ground has been levelled in places, foundations laid and steel erected.
John Draper, Director of Estates at Thwaites, said: “We’re really pleased to see the Sykes Holt site starting to take shape – it’s progressing extremely well.
“The steel structure is now in place for the office block and the brewery so people can see the location of each building and we have given our teams outline impressions of how the offices and different areas will look – the reaction has been great.
“We’ve done a huge amount of planning and research to get this far and with any project of this calibre, there are many unknowns.
“We were thrilled to discover the Listed Building on the site is structurally sound and ready for its refurbishment, and are delighted that progress across the board has been even smoother than expected.”
The project team is now finalising the designs for the stables block.
The new site will bring the brewery, stables, head office and heritage centre into a single location, around 5 miles from its current home in Blackburn town centre.
The building work is being carried out by Barnfield Construction, the award winning Nelson based contractor, investor and developer. Barnfield Construction are well known for their previous developments including Boohoo.com, Burnley; Barnfield Training Centre, Padiham; Boundary Mill, Colne; Stanley House, Mellor and Frontier Park, Blackburn.
Tim Webber, Chairman and Managing Director commented:
“We’re delighted to have been chosen to partner Thwaites through the next phase of their evolution. We’re extremely proud to be working with a company with the history and reputation of Thwaites.
We hope this will be the start of a working relationship that we can take on to other projects and we look forward to delivering the iconic headquarters for this prestigious company.”
Thwaites is expected to make the move to Sykes Holt by next summer.
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