Bespak site

Bespak, one of King’s Lynn’s biggest employers, is to start work on a new building which will create around 150 jobs and bring more cutting edge technology to the town.

Work is due to start next week on the  specialist building at the firm’s site on the North Lynn Industrial Estate.

While remaining tight-lipped about what would be manufactured in the building, the company’s Steve Lovatt, said: “We make a range of products and this will be a leading product within the range.”

Mr Lovatt, director of quality, regulatory and environment, health and safety, said the building and technology within it would be state-of-the-art and produce a “leading drug delivery device”.

Bespak is part of Consort Medical and manufactures devices for the world-wide market.

As part of the expansion, the firm has undertaken its biggest ever consultation with nearby residents.

It has posted around 250 leaflets through doors and residents were invited to a meeting on Wednesday night to learn first-hand what the work entailed.

There will be piling lasting an estimated five weeks and measures are being taken to reduce the impact of this on residents.

A noise barrier will be created around the perimeter and piling work will be restricted to between 8am to 5pm weekdays.

The firm also has staff members on-hand to liaise with residents.

One of these is Jo Ward who was keen to stress the company was part of the community and keen to be a good neighbour.

“We do charity work and sponsor the Grand East Anglia Run and the King’s Lynn Festival,” said Miss Ward.

The aim was for the new building to be completed by the end of the year, with recruitment taking place around the same time.

Bespak currently has a workforce of more than 600 and the company said 80 per cent live within 12 miles.

In December, Your Local Paper revealed the firm’s expansion plans for two new buildings at the site and up to 250 new jobs.

The building, which is over 5,000msq, will complete the current expansion plans.