AN award-winning firm which was devastated by a huge fire 11 months ago is celebrating after seeing its planning application to rebuild its head office and factory approved.

Gordon Rhodes & Son was based in Chase Way on the Eurocam Technology Park until the fire last August destroyed the company’s head office and factory, leaving the firm needing to use temporary facilities.

The business, which produces a range of award-winning food seasoning and sauce mixes, is currently based in Holland Street, but can now begin the process of moving back to its former home and into upgraded office and manufacturing facilities.

The fire, which needed more than 20 fire crews from across West Yorkshire to bring it under control, was caused by overheating.

Following the approval of plans, the new office and factory building will be built in the place of the now-demolished old building, with a “higher quality, more contemporary design” and a more “functional warehouse”.

The plan’s design and access statement adds that the new rectangular building will “deliver a high quality development with a contemporary and aesthetic outlook”, and will feature a new “fully glazed feature chamfered corner entrance which will provide a focal point to the scheme”.


In approving the plans, Bradford Council planning officers said: “The scheme provides a development on a previous development site that is an allocated employment site and within an employment zone.”

Gordon Rhodes & Son was also told it will have to install a minimum of two electric vehicle charging points at the site, and begin the building process within the next three years.

The new site will include more than 60 parking spaces, including two disabled bays, and Gordon Rhodes & Son is hoping to have the new factory, warehouse and head office up and running next year.

During its months as a nomadic business, Gordon Rhodes first relocated to Dick Lane before moving to Holland Street.

Since the fire the firm has been nominated for a Yorkshire Grit Award and was also awarded an AA rating from the British Retail Consortium.