Italian manufacturer begins build of new £14m home

By Tim Aldred

04 Jun 2024

GVS Conlon Construction Cassidy Ashton

Work has begun on a new manufacturing facility and office complex for GVS Filter Technology in Lancaster, which will house its 200 employees on completion.

GVS manufactures highly technical filtration systems for healthcare, life science, safety and automotive sectors.

The £14m project will transform a 24,000 sqm vacant site on Caton Road, and will feature a two-storey, low carbon waterside development which supports the company’s drive to net zero.

Cassidy + Ashton and Conlon Construction will work in partnership to transform an existing warehouse into GVS’s new production facilities, comprising injection moulding and high-tech filter manufacturing, which is carried out under ‘clean room’ standards. There will also be warehousing and storage, plus a reception, office and administration area.

Cassidy + Ashton designed the scheme and secured planning permission. Conlon Construction has been tasked with incorporating renewable energy and heat transfer management systems into the build.

The new headquarters will also feature a sophisticated drainage system that channels surface water through grassed swales within the car park, leading to a landscaped wildlife pond, before ultimately releasing the water into the River Lune.

Darren Lee, commercial director at Conlon Construction, said: “This project suits our skills and experience at Conlon to a tee. We’ve delivered net zero builds for multiple clients, from the education sector to industrial units, and we’re thrilled to be involved in transforming this site into an inspiring and efficient workplace. 

“The plans by Cassidy + Ashton are spectacular. GVS will soon have a UK base reflective of its Italian roots and manufacturing prowess.”

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, GVS, a leading manufacturer of medical products and personal protective equipment, played a pivotal role in supplying the NHS with protective face masks specified to the highest classification.

Miguel Aranda, managing director at GVS Filter Technology UK Ltd, said: “I am very impressed with the progress of the new building and am looking forward to the move next year in 2025. I can’t wait to start afresh in a new location where there will be improvements in our main drivers like safety, quality, delivery, productivity and cost, sustainability, inventory and the most important one, an improved working environment for our people.”

Alistair Baines, chairman of Cassidy + Ashton, said: “After several years in the making, it’s great to finally see the works progressing on site. We know how important this project is for GVS as a company and I’m sure it will help strengthen their operations both regionally and globally.”

Conlon Construction has broken ground on the former Sofidel site, kicking off construction in a special ceremony attended by representatives from the contractor, Cassidy + Ashton, GVS, structural engineer Sleater & Watson and M&E designer, DRB Environmental Design. Completion is expected in spring 2025.

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