April, 2014
Property News

Exciting times for ABM Ltd at Widnes

by Julia Ford

ABM Limited have been occupying Unit 3, Towngate Business Centre, Everite Road, Widnes, WA8 8PT, since February 2013.

Early meetings took place with ABM in 2012 in relation to their requirement for a property to carry out a unique process, and Unit 3 suited the criteria for this perfectly.

Diageo, the UK drinks giant, has been attempting to break into some of the world’s most difficult to- reach markets with a blending and packaging plant built from shipping containers and ABM had been commissioned to manufacture the fully operational finished product.

Diageo, the company behind Smirnoff Vodka and Gilbys Gin said it needed to be “agile” to crack some African countries with poor infrastructure and transport links. The first plant was set up in Ghana, with further plants in Nigeria and Mozambique, all originating from Unit 3 Towngate Business Centre!

The temporary production facility made out of five metal containers, pieced together in different locations, blends and bottles local whisky and it can be disassembled and moved to a new location as and when required.

Unit 3 worked well for ABM, from both a production/engineering angle and a training hub. The configuration of the 28,540 sq ft unit, with easily accessible loading doors and adjoining yard, made circulation of the large container “cubes” a relatively pain free process and ABM are hopeful of further distillery orders later in 2014.

The Towngate Business Centre, an established, secure industrial estate, a few yards off the A562, (with excellent access to the M62/M57 and M56), comprises refurbished units and yards/ hardstanding and a 24 hour manned gatehouse with remotely monitored CCTV cameras. Current availability is from 15 – 172,000 sq ft and the units can be taken as one (all units can interconnect)or separately.

Diageo recently announced that they would be making some awards to certain companies in recognition of the work/commitment given. ABM were given the award “Heroes of Excellence” for innovation.