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Relocation “will future-proof” growth

01 February 2016

Relocation to larger premises in Wigston will boost expansion for a leading UK installer of synthetic sport and play surfaces.

East Midlands commercial property specialist Andrew and Ashwell has negotiated the sale of a two-storey factory in West Avenue, Wigston, on behalf of The Ocular Press, Ltd; which is downsizing. The new owner is Dura-Sport Ltd; an independent local company with renowned expertise in synthetic sports surface construction, including artificial cricket pitches and football pitches, tennis courts and playgrounds nationwide.

Established in 1995, Dura-Sport works with an enviable portfolio of architects, local authorities, colleges and professional and amateur sports clubs. Having outgrown the current premises in Chartwell Drive, the firm was keen to remain in Wigston, as many of the 20-plus staff live locally.

With over 20,500 sq ft of space, the building is undergoing refurbishment to bespoke needs. Dura-Sport is expected to move in within the next few weeks, once phase one of the on-going scheme is complete. 

Dura-Sport Sales Director Chris Stevenson said the new building was a catalyst for expansion: “Owning our own premises will future-proof the firm, allowing us to tailor the layout to suit the needs of the business, particularly warehousing and we plan to extend the rear of the building. The third of an acre yard will allow us to load and unload from the rear of the building, so there is no disruption to our neighbours. 

“The new building will also enable us to increase our sales and administration personnel, while the increased warehouse capacity means we can stock more products. This will in turn allow us to diversify into a different market place and lead to further expansion in the future, including the recruitment of additional staff.”
Malcolm Grayson, Andrew and Ashwell Partner, said the factory building and site would provide an ideal base for this growing company.

“West Avenue is an established industrial location and very popular with local firms, not only for labour supply, but also for the calibre of commercial property here and its easy access to Leicester ring road and motorway junctions. We wish Dura-Sport every success in their continued expansion.”