Manufacturer moves to new site on estate

Building: SEW'Location: Wakefield'Architect: Aedas
Building: SEW'Location: Wakefield'Architect: Aedas

German manufacturer SEW Eurodrive has completed its relocation to a purpose-built unit on Trident Park in Normanton.

The specialist drive systems manufacturer was previously based at a factory off Ripley Drive on the Normanton Industrial Estate.

The firm acquired a 10-acre site off Devilliers Way in 2009 and, after planning permission was granted, work started on the new 100,000 sq ft manufacturing and office facility.

SEW Eurodrive’s former 71,762 sq ft factory has been sold to Ashleigh Signs Limited, which designs and manufactures internal and external signs primarily for the retail and leisure sectors in the UK and abroad.

The firm has been running for more than 25 years and has more than 100 employees.

The new site acquisition and the sale of the old factory was negotiated and completed by Leeds-based agent Gent Visick.

Mark Holmes, from SEW Eurodrive, said: “Gent Visick negotiated the acquisition of our preferred site and assisted us throughout that process. “They have been proactive in the marketing of our former premises off Ripley Drive and despite the first sale falling through at the last moment were able to identify, negotiate and complete the sale to Ashleigh Signs within a four- week period.”

Tony Sadler, from Ashleigh Signs, said: “We had been looking for new premises to support the expansion of our business for some time and we were delighted to hear from Gent Visick that the property was available.

We were able to agree a deal quickly and are looking forward to getting into production at the new facility shortly.”

Rupert Visick, from Gent Visick, said: “We were delighted to be able to assist SEW Eurodrive in their relocation to Trident Park and to have been able to sell their former site to another manufacturing company, thereby securing the continued manufacturing use of the property for the foreseeable future.”