New £3m Preston laboratory to serve Sika globally

Conlon Construction has completed a £3m project to establish a new research and development laboratory at Sika, Miller Road, Preston.

Sika ConlonServing the wider global Sika business, the laboratory provides a purpose-built environment where the company's liquid plastics are developed before being manufactured and exported across Europe. The new building replaces a 100-year-old, single-storey warehouse.

Hoping to achieve recognition as a European Centre of Excellence for liquid roofing, the facility will lead the group’s development in this technology, whilst also helping to synthesise new resins and curing agents for a wide range of products.

Having acquired the lotech Group in 2009, coupled with investment in this facility, Sika has cemented its commitment to continued future development at the Preston site.

Greg Turner, project manager for Sika, said: “This new purpose-built development has more than doubled the size of the original R&D Lab and will encourage creativity amongst the workforce.

“Conlon Construction has an excellent reputation and we are delighted to have been able to work with a local company to deliver this much-needed project.”

Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction, said: “We always enjoy developing facilities that will bring business and employment into the county and it has been a pleasure to work with a local company.” Sika is planning to officially launch the facility later in the year.