Job boost for King’s Lynn as company given permission to expand

Bespak at King's Lynn where they manaufacture various inhaler devices. Bespak at King's Lynn where they manaufacture various inhaler devices.

Monday, December 2, 2013
6:35 PM

Two hundred jobs are set to be created after one of west Norfolk’s largest businesses was granted permission to expand its King’s Lynn facilities.

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Drug delivery device manufacturer Bespak will build two additional production buildings at its Bergen Way site on the North Lynn Industrial Estate after West Norfolk Borough Council granted planning permission to expand its operations.

The expansion comes after Bespak announced that a multi-year contract had been signed with a global pharma company, which currently remains anonymous, to manufacture a dry powder inhaler.

The company had already secured a major contract to produce a nicotine inhalation device for Nicoventures and the new buildings are required to fulfil these contracts.

The buildings, which will be known as the Assembly Cell and Building 8, will be built on scrub and brownfield land at the rear of the current Bespak site.

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham said he was delighted that the expansion had been approved.

Mr Bellingham said: “I am really pleased, it was to be expected as we have a very pro-business council.

“Bespak is a big exporter and it is a great example of a King’s Lynn business exporting products, which is what we need to be doing nationally.

“This vindicates the whole strategy of encouraging business to invest and improving our skill level.

“It vindicates our effort to improve the train lines and the improvements to the roads we are campaigning for.

“These are skilled jobs. It is a hi-tech manufacturing operation, it is a state of the art process.

“I hope that youngsters in the area who have come out of school and are depressed because they can’t find a job will see this as a positive sign that things are improving.”

The new buildings will retain the same yellow and light silver colour scheme used on the rest of the site.

They will be built with a steel frame and with metal cladding on the walls and roof.

Kevin Baird, senior architectural technologist for Boulting Environmental Services which has designed the expansion, spoke in support of the application at the borough council’s planning committee.

He said: “Bespak are a large local employer.

“The two buildings combined will create around 200 skilled vacancies.”

He added that the site would make good use of the local cycle network and that new staff would be finishing their shift at off peak times so should not increase traffic pressure.

As well as building the two new production buildings an additional car park will be built, which will accommodate 234 spaces, to allow for the increase in staff numbers.

While new car parking space is being provided Bespak are keen to encourage employees to cycle to work and will be providing shower and clothes drying facilities in the Assembly Cell. The company currently runs a successful ‘cycle to work’ scheme and is hoping the new facilities will help continue this.

Bespak is a leading producer of drug delivery devices, such as inhalers and injectable products, manufacturing 500 million a year.

The company currently employs more than 600 people.

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