Sutcliffe completes new Harrogate facility for Belzona International

Leading North Yorkshire-based construction company Sutcliffe Construction completes new £4.3 million state-of-the-art global training facility and 3,665 sqm warehouse and distribution centre for Belzona International at its Claro Road HQ in Harrogate. This is the company’s second project for Belzona International following on from the successful completion of an underground fire water attenuation tank project completed in 2016.

Belzona International specialises in erosion, corrosion and chemical protection and is a world leader in the design and manufacture of repair composite materials and protective coatings for machinery, equipment, buildings and structures. The new 3-storey building features a dual span hipped roof, Kingspan Benchmark cladding and a dock loading system. The steel frame and detailing was made by Sutcliffe at its Skipton-based steel fabrication plant.

Neil Robinson, Administrative Systems Director, Belzona said: “We are very proud of our Yorkshire heritage, and have been considering our site expansion for some years. Delivery of quality, timely solutions to our customers around the globe is the essence of our business, and we are very excited to be able to continue our investment in our Harrogate facility which will help drive our projected global growth for many years to come. Key to realising this strategic aim was the selection of a local partner that not only shared our desire for quality and value, but also had the necessary skills to deliver it, and Sutcliffe Construction, for us, was the clear winner in this regard.”

James Sutcliffe, managing director, Sutcliffe Construction, said: “Belzona is a leader in its field with a very clear vision of what it wants. Last year’s project meant that the Sutcliffe team was very familiar with the Claro road site so there was no learning curve. This was an exciting project and working with one of the area’s longest established and well respected firms. As a construction company, it’s always great to be invited back to a site you are familiar with to develop it further and have the opportunity to add extra value.”

A multinational with a 65-year history Belzona Polymerics has offices in Europe, North America and Asia and a global distribution network of over 140 distributors in more than 120 countries. Established in Elland, West Yorkshire in 1952, Belzona moved to Harrogate in 1957 where it pioneered the development of innovative polymer technology. In 2008, it invested £3.5 million to  expand its existing facility, create extra manufacturing capability and more staff facilities. The architect on the new build was Norr Architects and structural engineering consultant was Blue Sky Consultancy.