Finley Structures hope to regenerate a once thriving factory which has been left dilapidated for years . The old Presswork Metals building on Aycliffe Business Park has fallen into a state of disrepair after being left to rot since the company closed four years ago . Now neighbouring firm Finley ’ s is branching out to the letting business after purchasing the 70,000 sq ft factory . Company boss John Finley saw the three-acre site as a prime location to refurbish the building , which has stood derelict for four years , and plans to sub-let a number of units back out to either the manufacturing or leisure industries . The purchase comes as Mr Finley also plans to develop another three-acre piece of land on the same Business Park , which he plans to turn into 10 new-build units of varying sizes . It ’ s a major development for Finley ’ s , formed in 2000 which now has a workforce of 50 and a sister company , SCH Site Services , with 33 staff . Mr Finley said : “ It ’ s been a long-held vision of mine to develop the group of companies into other industries , and both these sites offer prime locations for new leisure or manufacturing units .
“ With the purchase of the SCH Site Services site and these new developments , it would take our main five-acre plot at Finley Structures to well over 10 acres all together , which is a significant investment , but one we ’ re confident will pay dividends in the long-run .”
Finley ’ s will consider all offers of development for the factory , including separating it into a number of smaller units for small businesses . Any firms interested in letting the units can contact Finley Structures on 01325 328120 .
We ’ re recognised for our work in the community
Finley Structures has been recognised for its work in the community after showing hundreds of schoolchildren the process of steel fabrication . We ’ ve been awarded a Values Award by building corporation Carillion Plc for its community engagement . Finley is one of Carillion ’ s major sub-contractors and fabricates their steel as well as erecting the frames for many of the new-build schools Carillion have built in the North-East in the last few years . Hundreds of youngsters have passed through Finley ’ s factory on Aycliffe Business Park to see how raw steel would form the core of their new building , before signing a steel plate which was welded in permanently and incorporated into the construction . Carillion operations director David Kennedy , pictured with our MD John Finley and HR Manager Pauline Hadwin , praised the family-run firm , saying : “ More than 130 children have visited Finley Structures to see their schools being built and they
make sure it ’ s a fantastic experience for the youngsters . “ We take the young people to see the steel being fabricated and we ’ re also taking them to see the bricks being produced , so they get a real insight into how it all comes together , so when it ’ s completed they ’ ll feel they ’ ve been involved in it every step of the way .” John added : “ It ’ s a pleasure to see youngsters come to our factory to get an insight into the world of work as well as seeing their own new school being built almost from scratch . “ It ’ s always nice to involve young people wherever we can and it ’ s rewarding to see them come in and learn so much about our operations . Our door is always open .” Carillion plc is one of the UK ' s leading support services and construction companies and have recently worked on 22 schools in the North-East six of which were in the Durham area .