A HEREFORD firm which is outgrowing its current site has been told it can build a new factory.

Family-run Central Engineering asked Herefordshire Council if it could build a new high-tech manufacturing building with offices in Festival Way, Skylon Park.

Planners have since given the firm the green light, with certain conditions.

The 35-year-old company has won a number of "substantial contracts with multi-national and international companies due to their technical and consistent quality and delivery", a planning document said.

It added the firm works for aerospace, agricultural and renewable energy sectors, but also Formula One teams.


"Their existing premises at Tarsmill Court in Rotherwas is now too small with no space to install any new machinery to further broaden the capabilities," plans submitted to the council in December said.

"The existing factory layout is also inefficient which is limiting the capacity of the business and ability to further grow and improve productivity and turnover."

Central Engineering, which employs 12 full-time workers with the plan to increase that to 20 after the expansion, can now build the new 1,166 square-metre factory next to the Clean My business.

Plans show the building will have walls clad with a combination of vertical and horizontal composite panels, with a powder coated finish.

Conditions from planners include drawing up a travel plan, water management and flood prevention, and storage of oils and fuels.