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Gripple grows to cope with increasing product and services demand

Growing demand for Gripple Fast Trak, one of Gripple Limited’s ground-breaking products, means the repurpose of a brand-new building – previously intended to be home to Gripple Automation – and acquiring a new home for GA, which has outgrown its existing premises.

Gripple had invested £2m in a new 18,000 sq ft building on Foley Street which is now dedicated to Fast Trak manufacture. Christened The Norfolk Bridge Works, this building will provide the additional production space required for Fast Trak, the rapid trapeze bracket solution designed for the suspension of building services.

The ‘next generation’ Gripple building, will provide 15,000 sq ft production and 2,000 sq ft office space and a showcase for the latest Gripple products, in addition to a ‘green’ wall and solar panels.

The bespoke automated production and processing solutions provided by Gripple Automation, both in-house and external, continue to increase beyond expectations. This necessitated a move into another building – a new 16,000 sq.ft facility, with a 9,032 sq ft build space, close to the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Orgreave.

The new building incorporates an increased machine build area, a larger in-house machining department, giving the team – increasing from 20 to 30 in the last year – more scope to continue growing.


First look at apartments inside Heart of the City development, Burgess House

Redbrik has officially launched Burgess House, as part of the Heart of the City regeneration scheme.

Progress is already being made on the 52 high-specification apartments in Sheffield city centre, with the opportunity for buyers to purchase off-plan and an expected completion date of September 2021.

Burgess House will house a mixture of studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, featuring expansive windows, open-plan living spaces and views across the city.

Redbrik’s Land & New Homes Manager, Jen Beal, said: “We’re thrilled to have been appointed as the sales agent for Burgess House.

“The new community is perfectly positioned for modern life and will breathe vibrancy, opportunities and style into Sheffield city centre.”

Heart of the City is expected to create around 500 construction jobs and support between 5,500 and 7,000 jobs once complete. As a mixed-use scheme, it will comprise of retail, offices, hotel and residential developments, leisure facilities, and public realm spaces.

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