Europe’s leading roll cage manufacturer has been granted planning permission to build a new headquarters in Newmarket.
On Thursday Forest Heath District Council planning committee gave the go-ahead to Safety Devices International, which supplies parts to the British Army, Shell and BP, to build a new base on land just off Brickfields Avenue.
The plans, which were initially submitted by the company, received the green light, despite receiving objections from nearby residents and Newmarket Town Council, about traffic and over development concerns.
“Over the last four years our business has doubled and the premises we are currently in are too small, which is no good for our growth,” said Gavin Davidson, managing director. “We are very excited about these plans as it marks a new phase for the company and it will in time it allow us to double our workforce, along with transforming a rather overgrown site with a good looking building.”
Included in the plans for the building are new conference rooms, office space, a design and developing engineering workshop and a mass storage area.
Hopes are high among officials at the company, which is currently based in Enterprise Court, that work on the site will begin inside the next six months.
“At the moment we are just sorting out the costing plans but the aim is to start work on the building early next year with a view to having it complete by around June,” said Mr Davidson.