Consolidation move from global training firm
By Simon Hacker | 7th February 2024
A brand-new, purpose-built safety skills training centre will be built in Stroud – if planners back a bid from a Stonehouse company to consolidate its business.
Training consultants C&G Services, headquartered at Stonehouse Business Park, currently provide services from two additional sites: at Station House, off Bristol Road, and at an open-air facility at Lodgemoor, in nearby Cainscross.
But if Stroud District Council approves its plans, the company hopes to create a two-storey purpose-built facility at its Lodgemoor site and vacate the Station House venue.
C&G enjoy a global reputation as training specialists and local clients include SDC and Forest Green Rovers. The company, which dates back to 1970, now trains 10,000 people annually, including staff for Airbus, Magnox and Severn Trent Water. Its accreditations include ISO 9001 and more than 15 years' status as an Investor in People.
The company's website states: "When the business began it was focused on training drivers for the transport industry, but quickly branched out to train in health and safety, street works and materials handling, becoming industry leaders in crane training and providing construction training for over 30 years."
A Design and Access statement on the bid said that the proposed 523 square metre building will create a new full-time position in the company, with training hours confined to 8am to 5pm on Mondays to Fridays.
The report, from Amberley-based Anderson Architecture, said: "The site is on land that is in the ownership of our client and is part of an already successful training site. Our client's vision is to reduce their considerable overheads and improve operational efficiency by consolidating operation into two sites in Gloucestershire. This will also make the business more sustainable by reducing the number of sites that they operate from."
Metal roof, brickwork and steel wall cladding are proposed for the building, which would sit on the previous site of a now-demolished unit, close to the Stroudwater Canal. The location is within key employment land, identified for regeneration.
The statement added that the proposed height of the building has been kept as low as possible and is some two metres lower that the New Mills building, to the south of the site.
Disabled and electric car charging is also indicated in the plan, which seeks to boost existing car parking on the land from 10 to 23 spaces.
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