Harvard’s success leads to new business park

The growing success of local company Harvard Engineering, which is now a global leader in the energy saving lighting field, is bringing hundreds of jobs onto a new site in Wakefield.

Later this year the company will move into new 83,000 sq ft state of the art premises at the Harvard Business Park, Link 62, J31 M62 Normanton. Further investment will see the development of additional accommodation for other business use with the services and site roads already in place ready for immediate construction.

Options include an office/call centre covering 35,000 sq ft along with smaller hybrid or industrial units extending to up to 22,000 sq ft. Alternatively, business units extending to up to 57,250 sq ft covering the 4 acres could be erected, within the next 9 months.

Harvard’s new facility, less than a mile from the company’s current site, which the company has outgrown, will include two separate buildings. One will house the research and development team and the other the production facility and warehouse.

The company, which supplies its innovative products into commercial, retail, emergency and street lighting applications, has created 189 new jobs since October 2013 and is looking to create 306 in total, in the four years to the end of 2017. Harvard currently employs 379 people.

Harvard has won a host of awards since being formed in 1993, including several Queen’s Awards and is renowned worldwide for its design, development and manufacture of electronic LED drivers and wireless control products for both outdoor and indoor applications. International growth is a long-term strategic objective for the company and is projecting exports will account for 50 per cent of total turnover.

Confident about the region has a whole, Harvard’s managing director John McDonnell commented, “We are seriously considering building units speculatively at the business park and I understand that very little has been built on this basis in the area for over eight years, now is the time to take advantage of the lack of supply in the area.”

David Aspland, of agents Carter Jonas, said, “The site in Normanton is regarded as a prime distribution and manufacturing hub in the North of England. It offers immediate access to the motorway network and has outline planning consent for B1 B2 and B8 use.”

Mr Aspland added, “It’s good news for the district that a successful local company like Harvard is prepared to invest in a new business park. We expect a lot of interest in what will be a superb new development.”