Stewart Milne plans new Falkirk timber factory
Stewart Milne Timber Systems has unveiled plans to build a new factory in Falkirk.
A planning application lodged with the local authority details plans for the new operation on land at Abbotsford Business Park on what was formerly part of the site of the long-gone British Alcan factory.
The land has been derelict for years, but the area is increasingly being developed for industrial and business use.
The factory will be used to manufacture off-site building systems from timber for housing across the UK, including private developments and social housing projects.
The proposed factory would have a production area of 7300 square metres with integral office space of around 1400 square metres over two storeys.
In a submission to Falkirk Council’s planning department, housebuilders Stewart Milne said there will be two phases. The first is intended to create around 100 jobs, while the second will introduce more automation as it streamlines the process.
The application also shows that the company seeks to create access, car parking and erect a fence.
The plans show it will have 127 regular parking spaces as well as six accessible spaces and six electrical vehicle charging points.
Following concerns about noise, the company is now conducting a noise impact assessment and, if necessary, will install acoustic fencing to reduce any potential sound pollution.
Currently, the firm’s main manufacturing bases are in Aberdeen and Oxford.