Siltbuster development will create 65 jobs

By Owain Banfield in Business

SILTBUSTER will create 65 new jobs in a £4.3 million expansion of its operation in Monmouth.

Having outgrown its current facilities at Unipure House, on the Wonastow Industrial Estate, the company is constructing a purpose-designed 2,000 square metre headquarters that includes offices, workshops and storage on a 10 acre site further along Wonastow Road.

The expansion will more than double the staff members at Siltbuster, which currently employs 48 people. All its products are designed in Monmouth and supported by an in-house laboratory and site support engineers.

As the new building begins to take shape, some residents have voiced concern over the size of the development, decrying the visual impact it will have on the area. In response, Siltbuster’s Richard Coulton said: “During the planning process we consulted with the local community and have worked closely with Monmouthshire County Council (MCC)and Barratt Homes. Whilst I can appreciate that locating a business park on the entrance to a residential housing estate isn’t ideal, there is simply no other land available for such development in the Monmouth region, given the reallocation of the only other industrial site in Monmouth for a hotel and spa. The only realistic alternative we found was relocating our entire operations out of the county, an equally unpopular move.

“I appreciate the concerns of some potential residents about the impact of the building, but during the construction phase very few sites look appealing. We are committed to sustainable development and the building is being constructed to an environmental assessment Breeam ‘Very Good’ standard.

"We have heavily invested in developing an aesthetically pleasing building and surrounding green infrastructure and planting, which will make the site feel completely different once completed.

“We are very excited to continue our expansion from our Monmouth head office creating a further 65 highly skilled jobs and turning our Welsh headquarters Monmouth into a centre of excellence for water treatment technology throughout Europe and beyond.”

The expansion includes a £1.15 million funding package from the Welsh Government, backed by the European Regional Development Fund. Economy Cabinet Secretary Ken Skates said: “Siltbuster is a highly innovative company and an acknowledged authority in its highly specialised field with an international reputation for excellence. It has seen year-on-year growth in sales and services both in the UK and worldwide which is a result of on-going investment in new product development.

“I am delighted the Welsh Government and Finance Wales are supporting their expansion that will mark a new chapter in the company’s development.”

Siltbuster has helped tackle the dirty water produced by construction work on projects ranging from Birmingham New Street station, Heathrow Terminal 5, Crossrail and the Olympic Park through to the construction of Airbus’ new UK factory and the Copenhagen Metro. Its fleet of more than 300 treatment systems are routinely out on hire to the construction sector.

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