John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) has launched new development plans. We’re aiming to move to a new state-of-the-art facility after outgrowing our existing home of more than 50 years in Christchurch.
The proposal is that up to 220 new homes be built on our site in Reid Street after we leave for our new headquarters elsewhere within the borough.
We have commenced consultation about our proposals for housing on the site in Reid Street and intend to lodge an outline planning application by the end of the year.
We’re holding a public exhibition for local residents, businesses and the community from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday 4th October in the community room at Christchurch fire station, Fairmile Road, Christchurch.
Simon Boyd, who is REIDsteel managing director, said: “These exciting development plans will allow our business to invest in the latest technology and increase productivity which will create more jobs and support the local economy while also providing much needed housing.
“It will also mean the removal of an industrial operation from a predominately residential area, and associated reductions in heavy traffic movements and noise.
“Our public exhibition will provide more information about the plans for housing on our site in Reid Street after we leave and will give people the chance to have their say.
“We are looking forward to telling people more about our ideas and welcome their views about proposals.”
We have has the capacity to design, manufacture and supply entire steel buildings – including their cladding and glazing – anywhere in the UK, Europe and across the World. We have exported to more than 140 countries to date.
Our firm contributes £2m to the local supply chain on top of salaries for its staff, many who live in the Christchurch area.
When we move to our new location, there will be substantially reduced traffic movements from Reid Street, cutting our company’s carbon footprint and reducing noise and disruption for neighbours.
Blueprint for success
The plans come as we celebrate our centenary in 2019. We are aiming to relocate operations within the boundaries of Christchurch Borough Council.
In a multi-million-pound investment, the new complex will bring facilities all under one roof with cutting-edge equipment, more environmentally sustainable operations, better access and modern offices.
We are a four-times winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade) and sponsors local schools’ membership of the Dorset Young Chamber programme.
The public exhibition at the Fire Station has disabled parking access but not for other vehicles, to ensure emergency vehicle access at all times.