Chubb Fire & Security, a leading provider of security and fire-safety solutions for businesses and industry, held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new high-performance workspace in Blackburn. The project will transform Chubb’s existing Blackburn office campus into an advanced, integrated and sustainable space for Chubb, as well as UK affiliates of Otis Limited and Carrier Controls Limited, and serve as a showcase for the capabilities of all three brands.
Pictured left to right: Brian Bailey, Director Growth and Prosperity at Blackburn with Darwen Council; Alastair Reynolds, managing director, Chubb Fire & Security; Tim Webber, managing director, Barnfield Construction; and Phillip Riley, Executive Member for Regeneration, Blackburn with Darwen Council.
Alastair Reynolds, managing director of Chubb Fire & Security said, "This is an exciting day for our company. With this new building we are creating a safer, smarter and more sustainable environment that will be a great place for our employees to work, and an asset to the local community in terms of our efforts to blend in with the local environment, and also the investment in Blackburn."
The building will be constructed by Lancashire-based nationwide contractors, investors and developers, Barnfield Construction, and has the full backing of Blackburn with Darwen Council. Councillor Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said, "This is great news for the borough, securing jobs and opportunities for local people. Blackburn with Darwen is home to many national and international companies which are bringing more investment and prosperity to the area and I look forward to seeing this development start."
Steve Riley, contracts? director of Barnfield Construction said, "On behalf of us all at Barnfield we're delighted to have been awarded the contract to construct the brand new 55,000 square foot offices for such a prestigious company. The first of the three former buildings has already been demolished to make way for Chubb's brand new facility."
The development, which will involve the demolition of three existing Chubb buildings on the Shadsworth Business Park and temporary relocation of employees whilst work is undertaken, will result in a modern and a high-performance building for hundreds of employees working in information technology, finance, supply chain and customer service. It will also be the new home for Chubb Systems and Chubb Community Care, including their research, development and engineering teams.
"This development demonstrates our commitment to green building technology – it will incorporate a number of the most modern and eco-friendly technologies possible to provide our employees with an environmentally responsible, smart and energy-efficient workplace for them to enjoy. We are aiming for a completion date of summer 2017," added Reynolds. "This is the culmination of many years of hard work for the Chubb team of which I am immensely proud."