A second major expansion for CDS

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A BOOMING order book has led to a Yorkshire company’s second major expansion in less than four years, bringing more new jobs to the region.

CDS Energy Services says the amount of orders coming in means it is ‘vital’ the company expands so it can meet its future workload.

Construction work has begun on a new 10,000 sq ft state-of-the-art fabrication facility at the company’s site in Burma Drive, Hull, which will see CDS’s operational space increase by another 30 per cent.

It will feature two 10-tonne overhead cranes, office space, toilets, canteen and a new security office giving its 24-hour security team the facilities it requires.

The development comes hot on the heels of the opening of the company’s original factory in 2010.

Danny Laybourne, commercial director at CDS, says the rapid expansion is being fuelled by an increasing workload that has led to the existing workshop running at near capacity.

“We have reached a stage now where we have to be forward thinking with how we work because of the amount of orders that are coming in.

“This expansion is vital in ensuring we can maintain our future workload and continue to deliver the high level of service we currently do to our customers,” he said.

“To be in a position to expand so dramatically just four years after we opened our original factory is fantastic.

“It shows the work we are doing here is valued by existing and new clients and the extra operational space will allow us to continue to grow.

“Once complete, the building will complement our existing facilities of four fabrication workshops, five overhead cranes, a cut shed, hydro test shed, stores, 6,000 sq ft of office space, mess facilities and two acres of hard standing.”

CDS, which supplies both greenfield and brownfield project services including project management and engineering solutions to the whole energy industry, has worked closely with its sub-contractors and construction is set to be completed by the end of September.

The news comes just three months after CDS announced it had secured a major contract to replace two flare stacks and a bridge on the Tyra East and Tyra West platforms in the Danish sector of the North Sea, work which has created 130 jobs.

The new expansion will allow the company to recruit locally, bringing more jobs to the area.