July 2014 see’s the start of a phased expansion plan at G T Bunnings’ premises in Dereham, Norfolk. This expansion has been in the planning stage for the last year as worldwide demand for G.T Bunnings’ products continues to grow. The company has been investing in new equipment to help with productivity and now needs more workshop space to further increase manufacturing capacity at the plant.
Phase one of the project is the construction of a new assembly plant measuring 55 metres by 20 metres with an eve’s height of 8 metres and will allow the company to rationalise the layout of its existing workshops, improving efficiency and productivity. The new building will be fully equipped with two overhead beam cranes, two 7.5 tonne cranes and two 4 tonne cranes. Solar panels are also planned for the south facing roof space to reduce the carbon footprint at the plant. The first new workshop will be used for final assembly of agricultural machinery and pallet inverters, both of which require a lot of space due to the sheer size of the equipment, and is expected to be completed by September 2014.
Phase two and three will involve the construction of two further workshops, both equal in size to the phase one facility. These will be used to provide a third paint booth, a second shot blast facility and a storage area for machines waiting assembly. Planning permission has been granted for phase two and three and work is expected to start on construction in the near future.