Swift Caravans' £8m factory in Cottingham is complete
Swift Caravans factory exterior
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Jun 2017
Work has been completed on Swift Caravans' state-of-the-art £8m manufacturing facility.
The development, which has secured jobs in the village, has been completed at Swift's company headquarters in Dunswell Road, Cottingham.
The project was completed following nine months of development, after building work began on the facility last summer.
The firm has now applied to East Riding Council for permission to alter the on site access point so that lorries are taken further away from residential properties.
Councillor for Cottingham North Ros Jump says that residents have had problems with the noise from trucks at the site, but thinks the new factory is a "feather in Cottingham's hat".
"Over the years we have had problems with the noise for residents, but it's just something that comes with a busy factory," she said.
"Swifts have done a really good job of working together with residents for solutions. Sometimes you can get issues with the noise of production but having fewer trucks near houses will definitely help.
"I think the new factory reinforces the importance of Swift's presence in the village. It's a feather in Cottingham's hat to have such a big caravan manufacturer based here and employing people here."
Swift Group make touring caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes and employ more than 1,000 people in the Hull area and Mexborough.
As part of the new facility, Swift Caravans has applied to East Riding Council for permission to build new security gates and barriers at the site.
The new development will change the access route of lorries travelling to the new factory, taking them further away from residential properties nearby on Dunswell Road.
Councillor Ros Jump outside the factory before the redevelopment took place
In its application, the company says the creation of the new access route to the factory will significantly reduce the amount of traffic past residents to the north of the site.
It says: "To improve site traffic flow and enable efficient use of this extended manufacturing facility it is now planned to redirect delivery vehicles bringing materials to either unit directly to these facilities rather than via the site's existing Stores function.
"While it will not remove all traffic, it will have the benefit of significantly reducing the number of traffic movements past the site's residential neighbours to the north during the course of the working day.
"It will also reduce the total length of the traffic route in and out of the site for delivery of vehicles by over a kilometre, reducing noise and emissions from these vehicles on site."
The development of the new Swift factory was project-managed by two local companies, Alan Wood Partnership and Houlton. The new building will house the production of holiday homes and lodges.