Burberry to invest £50m in new Yorkshire manufacturing facility
Burberry, the luxury fashion brand, is to establish a new state-of-the-art manufacturing and weaving facility in South Bank, Leeds.
With an initial investment of over £50 million, the facility is expected to provide permanent employment for more than a thousand people. Work on the new site is due to begin in 2016 with a estimated completion date of 2019.
Burberry said the proposed site will allow it 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.
The first phase of development will see an area of the South Bank site redeveloped to create a new facility that will offer increased capacity for trench coat production, more sustainable and efficient ways of manufacturing, and the potential to develop and produce other products at the site. Subsequent phases of development include plans to restore and renew the Grade I listed Temple Works building.
Burberry chief creative and chief executive officer Christopher Bailey said: “I am delighted to announce that the next chapter of Burberry’s manufacturing story will be right here in Yorkshire. Burberry is a proudly British brand and we are so excited that our plan for a new site in South Bank, Leeds, means that we will continue to produce our most iconic product – the trench coat – in this wonderful part of the country for many years to come.”
The new facility will replace the two existing manufacturing and weaving centres in nearby Castleford and Cross Hills with both teams relocating to the new site.
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