Luxury brand Burberry is setting up a new manufacturing and weaving facility in South Bank, Leeds at an initial investment of over £50 million to produce trench coats and is expected to employ around 1,000 people.
“Work on the new site is due to begin in 2016 with a current completion date of 2019,” a press release from Burberry informed.
The proposed site will allow Burberry to continue to produce its most iconic product, the heritage trench coat in Yorkshire where the brand has been manufacturing for over half a century.
Burberry will first redevelop the South Bank site to create a new facility that will offer increased capacity for trench coat production, more sustainable and efficient ways of manufacturing and also produce other products.
Subsequent phases of development contain plans to restore and renew the Grade I listed Temple Works building.
CEO Christopher Bailey said, “Burberry is a proud British brand and we are so excited that our plan for a new site in South Bank means that we will continue to produce our most iconic product, the trench coat.”
The new facility will replace the two existing manufacturing and weaving centres in Castleford and Cross Hills, Yorkshire.
As part of the proposals, Burberry will be facilitating their regeneration for the local communities and the plan is for teams from Castleford and Cross Hills to relocate to the new site, bringing all employees under one roof.
Working with local and national government, the proposed production facility will provide state-of-the art facilities to enable increased production of the iconic trench coat.
It will also have capacity to produce expanded outerwear categories; improved efficiency and sustainability within the production process and a bespoke apprenticeship program. (AR)