Leyland Trucks site works complete

A project to refurbish and extend the headquarters of world-famous manufacturer Leyland Trucks is complete.

Delivered by Preston-based Conlon Construction, the 15-month programme of works created an additional floor of office space above the existing two-storey building, enabling Product Design Group staff to move into the new third floor from their previous location within the production area.

Designed by architectural and planning consultancy, Cassidy + Ashton, the project also freed up 11,000 sq ft on the factory floor supporting Leyland Trucks’ ongoing lean management programme.

Phased to allow the manufacturer to operate on a ‘business as usual’ basis, the scheme also includes the refurbishment of the staff canteen, upgrades to office space, staff washrooms and the medical centre, together with the creation of additional meeting rooms.

Leyland Trucks, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PACCAR Inc, first began manufacturing in Leyland in 1896.

Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction, said:

“This was a very complex project which required meticulous planning in order to minimise any impact on operations.

“By working closely with Leyland Trucks’ management team and Cassidy + Ashton we developed a programme of works that delivered the new facilities in a timely manner while causing minimal disruption.

“Leyland Trucks is one of Lancashire’s greatest success stories and as a company which also has a rich history within the county, we are proud to have delivered this project.”

Alistair Baines, chairman at Cassidy + Ashton, added:

“This project was designed to upgrade existing facilities and maximise available space to enable the business to make further and continuous improvements to its manufacturing processes.

“Materials used for the additional floor were selected to be in keeping with the existing building to ensure a seamless connection with the two-storey structure. This latest investment will ensure that Leyland Trucks continues to be a world renowned leader in vehicle manufacturing.”