Sheffield Forgemasters has completed multiple land purchases adjacent to its Brightside Lane operations. The purchase of 21 acres of brownfield land will enable development of additional facilities as recapitalisation gears up. 

The company is already in the process of constructing a new 13,000 tonne Heavy Forge facility and has earmarked the largest plot of land, located on Weedon Street, for the creation of a new machining line to underpin production for the UK defence programme. 

The main plot of land bought by Sheffield Forgemasters

A game-changing venture

Gareth Barker, Chief Operating Officer at Sheffield Forgemasters, said: “The purchase of additional land is a game-changing venture for the company and will see state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities built in the historic centre of Sheffield’s industrial heartland. 

“The recapitalisation programme is completely transforming the company’s facilities as our modelling reshapes the site for optimum use. 

“The opportunity to purchase land immediately adjacent to our site will enable faster, more cost-effective recapitalisation than trying to reconfigure existing facilities, with the added benefit of keeping production in full flow through the existing plant.” 

Riverside Court offices on Brightside Lane

New machining facility

The company also recently completed the purchase of 10,000 sq ft of offices at Riverside Court on Brightside Lane. 

Gareth added: “The main focus of the land acquisition is to enable development of a new machining facility, to house 17 highly advanced machining centres, which do not exist anywhere else in the UK.” 

The company will now begin work on detailed planning for submission to the planning authorities. 

Sheffield Forgemasters