British furniture manufacturer Vitsoe is to build a new production building and headquarters at the former Ford Foundry site in Leamington.
The company has purchased the land next to the new Morrisons supermarket due to Leamington’s ‘central location amidst Vitsoe’s supply chain, its excellent transport connections, the town’s distinguished architecture, and the community’s rich industrial heritage’.
Vitsoe’s managing director, Mark Adams, said: “With our prominent location in Leamington we hope to enthuse the next generation with the reality that we can design and make the best in Britain for global markets.”
Vitsoe is working to design a building on the 3.3-acre site before submitting a planning application later this summer, at which time further information will be released.
Patrick Stones of Trilogy Developments, which acquired the foundry site from Ford in 2010, said: “I am delighted that Vitsoe has decided to relocate their operation to Leamington. “Trilogy has always been committed to deliver buildings of high quality design in this prominent gateway location.
“I am confident that the new Vitsoe building on the roundabout frontage will compliment the high architectural quality set by the new Morrisons store.
“A new coffee shop planned for the entrance to the supermarket along Old Warwick Road will then complete this 11-acre site.”
The move has already gained support from Warwick District Council, which is keen for other parts of the foundry site to be used for businesses and offices as opposed to retail.
The authority says the hope is that the new production building will create between 30 and 40 new jobs for people in the district.
Cllr John Hammon, portfolio holder for development, said: “We are delighted to welcome such an innovative business to our district. Leamington is an excellent base for businesses.
“Warwick District Council is pleased to have been involved in discussions to bring Vitsoe to Leamington would like to thank all those involved, in particular Chris White MP who helped introduce the company to the District”.