Building contractor is on the move to new premises

Plans have been lodged to demolish a building firm's premises in Spittal and build three homes in its place.

Friday, 7th October 2016, 9:19 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 7:38 pm
The Ramparts Industrial Site.

GM Craig wants to relocate from the corner of Main Street and Princes Street to a site which is more accessible and suitable to its needs.

It has acquired land on the Ramparts Business Park and has since secured planning permission for a purpose-built facility to combine all of its operations under one roof.

The building will have a sleek modern finish with state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to rear with enclosed areas for plant and building equipment. The glazed gable end will illuminate the entrance foyer and open plan office area on the first floor.

Its plan is to up-grade its existing timber frame manufacturing plant to increase efficiencies and production capabilities, improving its product and reducing end costs, making it more appealing to the smaller contract market of home owner extensions and self-builders.

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A planning document submitted on the firm’s behalf by chartered architect Robert Hales outlines the plans for its current base.

It states: ‘The proposed development site as existing is currently being used by the client as a builders’ yard and office.

‘Due to the growing nature of the business and accessibility to the site with regard to the day-to-day running of the business, our client has decided to relocate the business to a site located in an area more suited to his type of business, therefore freeing up this site for a use more suitable to match the surrounding building uses.

‘The aim of the proposed is to respond, reflect and compliment the architectural language of the site and Spittal. The plots have been arranged so that they respond to the immediate and local context and reflect the urban grain. It was an important conceptual idea that this sense of enclosure visually portrayed by the existing wall that bounds the site is retained in the scheme, although rebuilt at a lower height.

‘Plots 1 and 2 have a more modern visual appearance as they are fragmented from plot 3.’

Berwick Town Council’s planning committee has expressed concern that the site is too small for three dwellings and that access is close to a junction. Northumberland County Council will make the final decision.