A ground-breaking ceremony to mark the official start of construction on Nestle Waters’ new multi-million pound state-of-the-art bottling plant was held on Tuesday.
The development will see a new purpose-built facility built on a greenfield site at Waterswallows Road on the outskirts of Buxton to replace the current site in the town centre.
Matt Beddoe, Project Manager for Nestle, said: “It is a very exciting time for Buxton Natural Mineral Water to see such a massive investment from Nestle in the future of Buxton Water and Pure Life.”
The new site will be one of Europe’s most modern bottling facilities and will enable Nestle Waters to increase its capacity, efficiency and environmental performance.
“The site will allow us to remain competitive and ensure Buxton remains the home of bottling for many years to come,” said Mr Beddoe.
He said the old factory was too small and the move would create employment for the future.
“In the last 12 months we have increased the workforce by 14 to 86 and tripled output in the last five years,” he said.
Mr Beddoe thanked the Bingham Trust, a Buxton charity, for allowing Nestle to buy the land: “We feel that will also benefit the local community as the Bingham Trust makes donations back to the local community.”
The £13.7 million contract to create one of the most innovative and efficient bottling lines in Europe was awarded to Pochin Construction Ltd whose aim is for 35 per cent of the labour and materials to come from within a 50-mile radius of Buxton.
They are specifically looking to award contracts for the dry stone walls and scaffolding to local contractors. Contracts have already been placed with two local building merchants.
Jonathan Pochin, Managing Director for Pochin Construction, said: “We see it as a real opportunity for Buxton: the money this project will bring in, in the short term, through the construction phase and also in the long term.”
Throughout the construction Nestle Waters and Pochin Construction Ltd will be involving local schools and community groups, including the development of a time capsule that will be buried on the new site near its completion.
The factory is due to be completed by the end of January.
During the summer of 2012, Nestle expects to operate both sites before they close the old site at the end of 2012.