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Portadown manufacturing company new office plans to more than double workforce

The number of staff on site daily would increase by 35 - from 34 presently to 69 - while the floorspace would more than treble to over 15,000 sq ft

A Co Armagh engineering company is planning a major office development at its Portadown base.

And the proposals by CHC Group Ltd – based in the Seagoe Industrial Estate – would see the workforce on site daily more than double.

The plans have been lodged with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for consideration.

The works, if given the go-ahead, would see “additional office facilities” being built to an “area of existing site immediately east of existing mechanical engineering building”.

The existing floorspace would more than treble in size, from the current of almost 5,000 sq ft to over 15,500 sq ft.

According to the papers submitted, the number of staff on site daily would increase by 35 – from 34 presently to 69.

According to the company’s website, the CHC Group Ltd was established in 1969 and has since grown to become the “most proactive and innovative building engineering services company in the market today, built upon a solid reputation for delivering the highest standards of service and customer care”.

It adds: “We have over 45 years of experience in mechanical and electrical contracting, as well as the provision of proactive building maintenance services.

“With regional offices in Craigavon, Livingston and Dublin, CHC has the geographical coverage and support network in place to provide an efficient and responsive service to our clients at all times.

“Our teams of highly trained and experienced engineers take a collaborative approach to all works projects, from design through to installation and maintenance, ensuring the effective delivery of services without disruption to your organisation.”

These latest proposals would see the construction of “additional office facilities in both an open plan and cellular office arrangement”, alongside “reception desk facilities”. The application stresses that there will be “no industrial manufacturing processes involved”.

Neighbours – which include the Prentice Group, Roadside Motors and JMC Packaging – will be written to and advised of the proposals now with council.

The details will be publicly advertised shortly.

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