Spirax Sarco invests £25m in facilities update

Valve manufacturer Spirax Sarco is investing close to £25m in its Unity Project modernisation and consolidation scheme, which will bring the company’s existing manufacturing and R&D operations at three sites around Cheltenham onto one site at Runnings Road by 2011.

Spirax Sarco has acquired a five-acre site across the road from its existing factory to provide space for the consolidation.

A tunnel will be built underneath the road to enable goods to be transferred between plants without disrupting local traffic.

As well as revamping the layout at the existing site, work will include the construction of a finished-goods warehouse, central boiler house and assembly stations, as well as the replacement of the electrical-distribution system and installiation of new material racking and handling equipment.