With an area of 166 x 130 metres, the footprint will be broadly similar to the original plant but the internal layout will be totally redesigned to meet the needs of a modern, world-class production facility, positioning Airedale for further growth.
The manufacturer is aiming for an environmental rating of BREEAM ‘Very Good’.
Originally a mill operated by L J Booth, Airedale acquired the site in 1979, gradually extending the layout including the addition of an extension which was opened by HRH the Duchess of Kent in 1984.
With an approximate area of 23,000 square metres, the new facility occupies broadly the same footprint but is designed around the needs of a 21st century manufacturing business. Together with the significant investment in new capital equipment, Airedale will enjoy even greater efficiencies in operation.
The facility also includes a state-of-the-art research and development (R&D) facility which, with the capacity to test systems of up to 2 Megawatts, is believed to be one of the largest of its kind in northern Europe.
A wide range of temperatures and voltages can be applied when testing systems, replicating divergent global conditions under which units are likely to operate when exported to their final destination.