January 2017Planning application submitted
July 2017Planning permission granted with conditions. Conditions were sucessfully met and discharged November 2018.
June 2019IAE appoint Collins Earthworks Ltd and Blue Earth Construction Ltd as preferred contractors.
July 2019The first machines arrive on site.
July 2019The first cut is made and ground modification works commence.
August 2019The 1st of 3 mine shafts on the development located, treated and grout capped.
September 2019Excavation works commence exposing two mine shafts ready to cast a concrete cap on top of each shaft. Also, sheet piles are installed to stabilise the ground and form the new access ramp connecting our existing site to the new site.
October 2019Following the capping of 2 mine shafts, the excavation was backfilled and ground stabilised.
November 2019Drainage works in preparation for the southern access road is completed. Phase 1 of the perimeter Zebex security fencing is installed. Drainage and kerbs are installed on the access road between the existing site and the new site.
December 2019Drainage and kerbs on the access road are completed and road base prepared for concrete in the new year.
January 2020The first concrete pour on-site begins on the newly constructed main access ramp.
February 2020Excavation and installation of water attenuation tubosider.
March 2020Last concrete pours of phase 1 are completed before construction is paused due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Work, however, continues off-site with an additional planning application submitted to further expand the site.
August 2020Contractors return to site after a pause in on-site works due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Drains are brought up to level and connections made.
September 2020The final sections of tubosider pipes are installed forming the rainwater attenuation installation.
October 2020With the tubosider pipes in place, they are covered up and ground made good ready for concrete preparation.
January 2021BlueEarth Construction Ltd is awarded the contract to build the first phase of the development consisting of a 156m x 50m (7,800m2 - 84,000ft2) production area (MFP4), in-house demonstration and learning centre (3,600m2 - 39,000ft2). In total this phase will create an additional 123,000ft2 of internal floor space and 116,000ft2 of external storage area.