‘Green expansion’ for James Jones & Sons

James Jones & Sons, one of the UK’s largest pallet manufacturing businesses, is expanding facilities at its Hetton site following planning permission approval for a 55,000 sq ft site redevelopment. The business will expand and redevelop its premises into a green facility that will include the installation of a biomass boiler.

The company is expanding its Hetton site to support growing customer demand. As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of homegrown timber to the UK pallet and packaging industry, James Jones & Sons engaged the services of Building Design Northern (BDN), a Sunderland based architectural, structural and civil engineering company, to design the plans for its new facility, which will aide its growth and further support the company’s key ethos of developing a fully sustainable supply chain service.

The new space will support the pallet-making process and will also allow the company to install a new biomass boiler, which will be fuelled by James Jones’s own recycled timber, enhancing environmental credentials, reducing carbon emissions and further strengthening the company’s contribution to a circular supply chain.

Peter McKenzie, Managing Director, James Jones’s Pallets and Packaging, said, “We are delighted to receive planning permission for this development. Our business is fully committed to creating a sustainable supply chain and takes every step to ensure that any new developments carefully consider local wildlife and habitats, residents and the environment. This development will provide additional employment opportunities for local residents whilst ensuring that the site and activities carried out thereon have little to no impact upon the environment”

BDN was engaged by the firm to develop the commercial scheme taking the project forward though planning to completion on site. Work will now begin on the new facility, which is expected to be completed in 2022.

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