Sutcliffe to build multi-use HQ complex for Green-tech

Sutcliffe Construction has won a £2 million contract to redevelop a 10-acre brownfield site for award-winning landscape and forestry supplier, Green-tech Ltd.  The multi-use complex, set for completion in November 2015, will be home to Green-tech’s £10 million business, 40 staff and a showcase for its 6,000 plus product range.

James Sutcliffe, managing director, Sutcliffe Construction, said: “Green-tech is a fast-growing company with ambitious plans and a big supporter of like-minded Yorkshire companies.  We’re delighted to be working with the Green-tech team who are experienced in the construction sector and passionate about the landscape environment. This well-planned development gives Sutcliffe an opportunity to demonstrate a range of construction expertise from steel-fabrication to traditional masonry and ecological elements such as soakaway ponds – all on one 10-acre site.”

The development, to be known as Rabbit Hill Park, located between junctions 47 and 48 off the A1, is being part-funded by a £200,000 grant from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership’s Business Grant Programme.

Rachel Kay, managing director, Green-tech Ltd, said, “Green-tech is a progressive business and we are growing at an exceptional pace, with new product developments and bolt-on acquisitions within our pipeline of future work. This new purpose build will give us the capacity to increase our output and staff numbers once again as well as becoming a valued asset in the local area. As a Yorkshire-based business, locally sourced equipment, consumables and expertise is a principle that runs through the core of Green-tech. Sutcliffe Construction is a natural fit for the project and our business as a whole.

Designed by Lawrence Hannah architects, the project maximises use of the space for a business that houses a vast number of product lines including rural supplies, grounds maintenance equipment, soils, wildflower seeds and the latest additions which include a range of ecological products. The project involves demolishing existing buildings and constructing seven new buildings – a head-office for Green-tech, three warehouses, a single-storey office for rental and retail units in mixed styles and materials from single skin cladding to cedar cladding for the HQ and traditional masonry for the offices. Sutcliffe is also creating an environmentally-friendly soakaway system including drainage ponds. It will hand over the HQ to Green-tech in September and finish the complex in November.

Sutcliffe Construction is a principal contractor and expert steel frame fabricator that builds all over the north of England and beyond. It believes in building smart to add value, forging successful partnerships and creating a finished product that exceeds expectations. Sutcliffe has turned this approach into a way of working that has won it loyal customers nationwide and a growing portfolio of commercial and industrial builds up to £6 million.

Sutcliffe has wide experience in the redevelopment of brownfield sites and ecologically-sensitive developments. It has recently completed builds on brownfield sites for Yorwaste, Lithos Consulting in Wetherby and for Crown Paints in Blackburn. Its clients include multinationals such as Cinetic Landis, Aggregate Industries and Graphic Packaging International.

Winner of many industry awards and ranked a Top 50 SME in Yorkshire, Green-tech is a leader in the landscaping market, offering innovative products that enhance, protect and improve plants and their environment. Its clients include the Forestry Commission, local authorities, construction companies, landscape architects, water authorities, sports grounds and facilities management enterprises throughout the UK.