Wren Kitchen secures approval for $150m manufacturing facility in UK
October 14, 2019 – British kitchen retailer Wren Kitchens has secured permission from North Lincolnshire Council for the construction of a £120 m ($150m) kitchen manufacturing facility behind the existing factory in Barton-upon-Humber.
The 990,000ft² development is expected to create multi-skilled job opportunities in various sectors, including IT development, engineering, customer service and product development.
The development is Wren’s largest single investment and will be part of Wren Kitchens campus, which comprises a gym, three subsidised restaurants, outdoor dining area with roof garden, and a 1.2km lakeside walk.
Wren Kitchens managing director Mark Pullan said: “We are incredibly grateful for the huge amount of support we’ve received from the community and the council for this new manufacturing facility.
“Over 200 people attended our drop-in session providing us with great feedback which we were able to incorporate into our plans.
“Since we set up our headquarters in Barton-upon-Humber in 2013 we have been welcomed by the local community and we have developed strong ties with local community groups, sports teams, charities and schools.”
The firm has 83 showrooms across the UK and expects to open five more in 2019.
Humber Local Enterprise Partnership chairman Chris Haskins said: “This development is a fantastic vote of confidence for our region’s economy and for the local community.
“Wren is emerging into a major success story locally and nationally and this new multi-million-pound manufacturing site will be at the heart of their growing success; the investment proves that Humber has unrivalled connectivity, which has supported their strategic plans to rapidly grow into a world class business.”
Launched in 2009, the company manufactures kitchens at its production facilities in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
In 2017, North Lincolnshire Council approved a £13.3m ($16.6m) flood defence scheme to protect towns and villages on both sides of the River Trent.
The move follows a public consultation with residents on the scheme, which will see 3.5km of sheet piles installed along the east bank of the river from the M180 to Keadby Bridge. It will provide significant protection to the villages of Burringham, Gunness and East Butterwick.