Work starts to build factories at controversial business park in Baildon

CONSTRUCTION: Marking the start of construction at Baildon Business Park, are (from left to right),  Richard Heslop, of Dale Eddison, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Andrew Curtin, of Anectic Aid, Jeremy Ridyard, of Produmax, and Andrew Russell and Mark Taylforth

CONSTRUCTION: Marking the start of construction at Baildon Business Park, are (from left to right), Richard Heslop, of Dale Eddison, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Andrew Curtin, of Anectic Aid, Jeremy Ridyard, of Produmax, and Andrew Russell and Mark Taylforth

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Business Reporter

CONSTRUCTION has begun at a controversial Bradford Council-backed new business park.

Work is under way on the first three units at Baildon Business Park, which was the subject of a concerted protest campaign by Baildon Town Council and a residents' action group.

Developer Pendle Russells is building a state-of-the-art 28,000 sq ft factory for precision-engineering firm Produmax, which will transfer its operations from sites in Otley and Yeadon and bring 44 jobs to the 15-acre Baildon development.

Also being built are a 15,000 sq ft unit for surgical equipment manufacturer Anetic Aid and a speculative 14,000 sq ft unit . Russells Construction is the main contractor.

The ceremonial sod cutting was attended by Produmax managing director Jeremy Ridyard and Anetic Aid director Andrew Curtin, with development partners Mark Taylforth and Andrew Russell, of Pendle Russells, along with Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for employment, skills and culture.

Work has begun after planning approval for the construction , following an earlier approval for the Produmax application. Construction of the new access road and the first three units is expected to be complete in early 2015.

The move to Baildon will kickstart a ten -year expansion plan by Produmax , part-funded by £600,000 from the Regional Growth Fund, which will see more products developed and a doubling of the workforce.

Anetic Aid, part of the Portsmouth Surgical Holdings Group, is relocating its 26-strong maintenance, sales and distribution teams from Guiseley. The new site will also allow the firm to grow its servicing engineering department and anticipates increasing staff numbers to 40 within the next few years.

Developer Mark Taylforth said: “The start of construction for the first phase of Baildon Business Park is a major milestone. Having two units pre-sold was the ideal scenario and I’m pleased we’re kicking off construction with both Produmax and Anetic Aid on board.

" Negotiations are under way with other potential tenants and, once confirmed, we’ll get to work on detailed designs and planning applications for the remaining 90,000 sq ft the site has to offer.”

Cllr Hinchcliffe added: “This development will contribute to the growth of the companies we need within the district and I welcome the jobs that come with that growth.”

Jeremy Ridyard, Produmax managing director, said: “Produmax is in a period of rapid growth supplying to the global aerospace industry, assisted by the UK Sharing In Growth program, and we are looking forward to moving into the purpose-built factory early in 2015.”

Andrew Curtin, Anetic Aid director, added: “This is a great move for us to a brand new unit, in which we have been able to specify our design requirements, and the staff can’t wait to move into the new facility.”

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7:34pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Shipleyvegas says...

I wonder if the directors of Produmax and Anetic Aid specifically required Green Field site or if they would have been happy with brownfield? I may just ask them...
I wonder if the directors of Produmax and Anetic Aid specifically required Green Field site or if they would have been happy with brownfield? I may just ask them... Shipleyvegas
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11:18pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

This must be quite a traumatic event for the gypsies who keep setting up camp there!

Seriously though, it was hardly a nice green field site was it? You don't have to walk much further to find far nicer green space. The nature reserve, or be brave, venture across the river and canal into Buck Wood.
This must be quite a traumatic event for the gypsies who keep setting up camp there! Seriously though, it was hardly a nice green field site was it? You don't have to walk much further to find far nicer green space. The nature reserve, or be brave, venture across the river and canal into Buck Wood. Bone_idle18
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12:34pm Fri 15 Aug 14

bachtothefuture says...

Shipleyvegas wrote:
I wonder if the directors of Produmax and Anetic Aid specifically required Green Field site or if they would have been happy with brownfield? I may just ask them...
Well the Ridyards (owners of Produmax) live in Menston where they are opponents of the green field housing development there. Total hypocrisy funded by tax payers money.
[quote][p][bold]Shipleyvegas[/bold] wrote: I wonder if the directors of Produmax and Anetic Aid specifically required Green Field site or if they would have been happy with brownfield? I may just ask them...[/p][/quote]Well the Ridyards (owners of Produmax) live in Menston where they are opponents of the green field housing development there. Total hypocrisy funded by tax payers money. bachtothefuture
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3:02pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

bachtothefuture wrote:
Shipleyvegas wrote:
I wonder if the directors of Produmax and Anetic Aid specifically required Green Field site or if they would have been happy with brownfield? I may just ask them...
Well the Ridyards (owners of Produmax) live in Menston where they are opponents of the green field housing development there. Total hypocrisy funded by tax payers money.
Is it any more hypocritical than opposing new houses being built on green field sites when living in a house built on green field in the last 50 years?
[quote][p][bold]bachtothefuture[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shipleyvegas[/bold] wrote: I wonder if the directors of Produmax and Anetic Aid specifically required Green Field site or if they would have been happy with brownfield? I may just ask them...[/p][/quote]Well the Ridyards (owners of Produmax) live in Menston where they are opponents of the green field housing development there. Total hypocrisy funded by tax payers money.[/p][/quote]Is it any more hypocritical than opposing new houses being built on green field sites when living in a house built on green field in the last 50 years? Bone_idle18
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