Harris Lamb has agreed the sale of an 80,000 sq ft freehold turnkey in Kidderminster to Specsavers to house a high-tech manufacturing and distribution centre.

 Construction work at the former Romwire site on Stourport Road is set to start before the end of January, and should be completed by autumn 2017.

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 Charles D’Auncey, who oversaw the sale, said: “The new development will be made up of two industrial units covering a total of 77,000 sq ft, and enables Specsavers to expand its operations to meet growing demand.

This particular site met with a lot of interest as manufacturers continue to reccharles-daunceyognise the potential of the region in terms of space, resources and logistics to enable them to best operate their businesses.

“Specsavers is the latest company to invest in siting a distribution centre in North Worcestershire, following in the footsteps of Quantum Mouldings and NTM-GB, both of whom we worked closely with when they took on space at the former Sealine site at Whitehouse Road in Kidderminster last year. 

“To have such a high profile manufacturing occupier confirming its commitment to the area, safeguarding current jobs and announcing its intention to create a further 200 jobs over the next five years is a great coup for Kidderminster. We worked with the vendors to secure this deal for a long time and it is with real satisfaction that we will now see such a high tech building being constructed on the site,” he said.

Simon Holloway, director of manufacturing and distribution at Specsavers said: “We’re delighted that work can soon start on the new facility at Stourpoint Five. We need larger premises after outgrowing our current site and the new facility will allow us to double our capacity and give us room to grow in the future. The new modern facilities will also allow us to provide a better working environment for our staff and a better service for our customers.”