Caunton’s £5M expansion, called the Plane Building, was opened by Minister for Europe the Hon. Geoff Hoon on 20 April 2007. The new Plane Building is Caunton’s first major expansion since moving to the Moorgreen site in 1990 from Kirkby and will create new full time jobs at the £35M turnover structural steelwork specialist.
The new building includes workshop and office space totalling 37,052 square feet (3,442 square metres), with a 25 metre long loading dock at the north end. The workshop is 7.5 metres in height with an uninterrupted roof span of 30 metres and is serviced by three electric overhead cranes.
The photograph shows Geoff Hoon cutting the ribbon, with from left to right, Managing Director Simon Bingham, Company Secretary Sara Cundy, Caunton Chairman David Bingham and former chairman Karl Mocha.
Simon Bingham said: ‘The new building offers us more space for manufacturing structural steelwork for the construction industry, and also allows us to adopt more sustainable methods. A state of the art surface water treatment system has been installed for example, along with energy saving features like solar thermal panels to heat water and roof lights to maximise natural daylight. The latest ‘grey water’ equipment has also been installed.’
When fully operational, Caunton envisages to increase its turnover to £45-50m, and increase the number of real full time jobs by some 40-50 persons, with as many as possible from the local community.