Airedale suffered a fire at its premises in Rawdon, Leeds on 6th September 2013. The factory was badly damaged and as a result Airedale relocated to temporary premises on the outskirts of Leeds City Centre whilst the old building was demolished and rebuilt. Construction started on the new facility in November 2013 and 'New Rawdon' was completed in January 2016.
With an approximate area of 23,000 square metres, the new 2016 facility occupies broadly the same footprint as the previous site, but is designed around the needs of a 21st century manufacturing business.
Together with the significant investment in new capital equipment, Airedale will enjoy even greater efficiencies in operation. The facility also includes a state-of-the-art research and development (R&D) facility which, with the capacity to test systems of up to 2 Megawatts, is one of the largest of its kind in northern Europe.
Here’s the some incredible photography of our new Rawdon HQ basking in the Yorkshire sunshine.View the images on our Flickr page
Look back on imagery and monthly timelapse movies from November 2013 until January 2016.
The internal layout has been redesigned to allow a more logical and efficient flow to operations, with all production and testing sited on a single storey and under one roof. The new facility, which has a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating in recognition of its environmental credentials, includes a number of other important improvements to meet health & safety, aesthetic and environmental considerations that will benefit both the business as well as local residents.
See how the construction progressed on our Flickr page.
Click on the image below to download our New Rawdon infographic, with some interesting facts and figures about our new home.
Airedale’s success depends on creating an environment in which our employees can thrive, so it is in our interest to ensure Airedale is a great place to work. If you are interested in joining the team at Airedale see our Careers section for all the latest opportunities.