Clarkebond delivers on £7.5m factory for Mulberry
A new £7.5 million Somerset factory built for luxury handbag firm Mulberry has received a VIP visit by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg who stated that it would provide ‘a major boost to the economy of the area’. It is estimated that the facility in Bridgwater will double Mulberry’s capacity in the UK and create 300 jobs.
Clarkebond has been involved in the project since the earliest stages, providing pre-planning advice on traffic, geotechnical site investigations and liaison with Network Rail regarding the adjacent railway line, followed by full civil and structural engineering design. The new facility, designed by architects Colwyn Foulkes, has been built on a greenfield site subject to the difficult ground conditions associated with the soft alluvial soils and peat, to a depth of 20 metres, which are a feature of the Somerset Levels.
“We are delighted to have been involved in such a high profile project “, comments Executive Director, John Pavey. “With difficult ground conditions and the proximity of a railway line, the project was not without its challenges, but the result was a high quality, prestigious facility in line with the Mulberry brand.”