Plans Submitted For New Caravan Manufacturing Facility
Plans have been lodged to build a new facility for the manufacture of static caravans and mobile homes on a prominent estate in Hull.
Ultimate Leisure Homes, a part of the family-owned international Griftdijk Group established for over 50 years, has submitted an application to Hull City Council for development on three plots at the Burma Drive industrial estate.
The company was supported in its application by architects’ practice Ralgreen and Bytlung Consultancy as project manager and structural engineer.
The plots covered by the application have recently been created as part of an extension to Burma drive to develop new industrial development sites.
The company, which already has a base on Burma Drive, is expanding to meet production and export requirements as part of the Griftdijk development plan and its commitment to Hull and international links.
The new 47,000 sq ft facility will include factory, support, welfare and associated ancillary provisions. It will be used for the production of static caravans and mobile homes.
It will feature two linear production lines, which the business is unable to implement in its current location due to space constraints. This is said to be the optimal layout as it allows each unit to evolve from a rolling chassis to a finished product as it moves down the line.
Ultimate Leisure Homes currently employs about 50 staff and this number is expected to double at the new factory.
A design and access statement submitted as part of the application said: “Ultimate Leisure homes limited’ need to expand their ever-growing business as demand for their products becomes increasingly greater. Strong exports to continental Europe and places as far afield as China support the decision to commission this new, modern factory.
“After a lot of thought and exploring different options, they have worked closely with Hull City to develop proposals to create a new factory on this site and allow their production to move over from the existing factory into this bespoke facility specifically designed to their requirements in an ideal location.
“In addition, this new facility will provide expanded and enhanced support, welfare and corporate facilities commensurate with their global brand.”
Other occupiers at Burma Drive include flooring manufacturer Kingspan and bathroom pod maker Walker Modular.