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WH Bowker and H. Parkinson Haulage look for new sites after fire

  • 26 April 2012
  • By Chris Tindall

WH Bowker and H. Parkinson Haulage (HPH) are in discussions with Lancashire County Council to return to the business park on which their premises were destroyed in a fire before Christmas.

Both haulage companies were forced to find alternative sites after more than 100 firefighters tackled the blaze on the evening of 21 December, the biggest in the county for a decade.

But according to the council’s director of economic development, Martin Kelly, a planning application for three new buildings on the business park in Leyland has been submitted and both firms want to return by the autumn.

“As part of the rebuilding process, we have spoken with the two tenant businesses directly affected – Bowker and HPH – together with the borough council and representatives of the wider property market, to look at how we can improve the site to benefit business,” he says.

“As we rebuild following the fire, there is an opportunity to improve the site to benefit businesses and ensure it meets market requirements. For this reason we have chosen to adjust the overall plan for the site and provide new facilities that are better suited to modern business use.”

Kelly adds that newly designed loading bays will accommodate modern HGVs and loading techniques and an overhaul of the road layout will help separate goods vehicles from office space.

Bowker director Neil Bowker says the company was able to move to empty premises on the business park in the days following the fire, but it is now relying on a depot in Blackburn: “Logistically, [the business park] suits us as a location. We have customers now that have stated they want to place stock with us again. We are extremely busy at the moment and we can only see that increase,” he says.

“Once you get over the initial shock of the incident, the loss and affect on customers you are able to look to the future and see positives. The buildings that go up will be modern constructions; purpose built facilities rather than adaptations of industrial and manufacturing facilities and storage facilities.”

The cause of the fire is still unknown.


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