Published: February 6, 2022 | Updated: February 6, 2022

“Absolutely brilliant news” – MD’s delight as new manufacturing base is given green light

An artist’s impression of the planned new manufacturing base and offices at REIDsteel in Christchurch.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

“This is absolutely brilliant news for REIDsteel, the local economy and GB plc.”

The reaction of Simon Boyd, Managing Director of John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Limited, after planning permission was secured for a major redevelopment of its site in Dorset.

The company – known as REIDsteel – received the green light from BCP Council for a state-of-the-art manufacturing complex, new offices and staff facilities in Christchurch.

The redevelopment of the company’s Reid Street site, and adjacent land formerly occupied by Peeks Party Store, will deliver a 6.4-acre manufacturing base and boost the company’s capability.

Simon said: “It is a milestone in the long history of the company, which has gained a worldwide reputation for high quality British engineering, design and manufacturing.

“It will allow us to significantly increase productivity, create more highly-skilled employment and apprenticeships, and boost the local economy while cutting our carbon footprint.

“In addition, the new facility will enhance our ability within both the domestic and export markets.

“Our thanks go to BCP Council and their planning team for their support throughout the process.

“They have worked with our planning consultants and architects to achieve a well-balanced development which will contribute significantly to the local community.

“All those involved with the planning process had the vision required to understand the importance of delivering a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility on a key site in Christchurch for the long-term growth of our company.

“Furthermore, they recognised the positive effect it will have on our local community which I also thank for their support.”

REIDsteel’s portfolio includes aircraft hangars, bridges, sports stadia, and industrial and commercial buildings across the UK, Europe and the world, including cladding and glazing.

Its Special Projects include hurricane and earthquake resistant structures, car parks, defence structures, water treatment plants, the power sector, infrastructure, specialist bridges and bespoke designs.

Founded in 1919, the company has exported to more than 140 countries to date.

Simon, pictured, added: “Our people are our company, where every one of our 130 employees is a valued team member.

“Together we are One Team.

“This is a very welcome decision and is essential to our drive for continuous improvement, and not just for manufacturing but for our people who are at the core of everything we do.

“It is a landmark moment as we look forward to an exciting future.”

REIDsteel has gained full planning permission for the multi-million-pound-redevelopment, which will include a production yard, staff parking accessed from Mill Road, environmental improvements and landscaping.

It will also include rooftop solar panels and electric vehicle charging points.

Multiple manufacturing processes will be brought into a single, automated production line with cutting-edge technology from concept to delivery under one roof.

REIDsteel is now working through the next steps of the scheme.

It will continue with current operations on the site throughout the redevelopment process.

John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd – trading as REIDsteel – was founded in 1919 by Colonel John Reid.

The firm remains owned by the Reid family and is run by a diverse board of directors.