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Moog plans £40m centre of excellence

Moog's existing site at Ashchurch, Tewkesbury

One of Tewkesbury's largest employers has unveiled plans for a state-of-the-art £40million manufacturing and design facility.

The 184,000sq ft centre of excellence for Moog's aircraft controls operation will be built at Ashchurch on a 10-acre site at the A46, near Junction 9 of the M5.

One of the biggest deals in the manufacturing sector this year was announced by West Midlands development and investment company Barberry Industrial, who acquired the site from Sainsbury's.

Barberry - who include the West Hayden project and Cyber Security Hub among its developments - has agreed a pre-let deal to Moog on a 35-year lease.

An application for planning consent will be submitted to Tewkesbury Borough Council this month with construction scheduled to begin early in 2021.

The facility, which could expand to 207,000sq ft, will incorporate engineering and administration offices and is expected to be operational in 2023.

An artist's impression of the proposed facility

Based in the town for more than 40 years, Moog's aircraft controls operation in Tewkesbury is the global centre of excellence for design of servo valves and houses a large engineering division.

Barberry Industrial development director and shareholder Jon Robinson said: "We are clearly thrilled to be selected as development partner by Moog to deliver the company's new facility on our prominent site in Gloucestershire.

"The new development will provide Moog with a high quality state-of-the-art facility with easy access to the M5, the M50, the M42 and the motorway network beyond.

"It will bring substantial investment to the region, safeguard the employment of a highly-skilled workforce while creating many new jobs."

He continued: "Barberry is committed to executing its industrial/logistics business plan in key strategic locations within the UK and the development in Tewkesbury fits into our strategy perfectly, taking our pipeline of sites to circa 3.3 million sq ft."

The new facility will help foster further growth in Moog's engine and flight control products for military and commercial aerospace programmes.

Tewkesbury Borough Council Mike Dawson said: "It is great to see one of the largest employers and cutting edge engineering companies in Tewkesbury making a long-term commitment to Gloucestershire.

"Moog's commitment demonstrates the accessibility, infrastructure and demographic of Tewkesbury and we hope it will attract other big names to do the same.

"As part of the Garden Town Initiative we have issued an expression of interest to the Local Enterprise Partnership to support with further investment for other infrastructure and highway upgrades, also demonstrating our commitment to the future success of this location."

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