Manufacturing Facility, Aughrim Road, Magherafelt, N.Ireland

This online consultation aims to inform the local community and interested parties of a proposal to provide a manufacturing facility on the Aughrim Road, Magherafelt for Bloc Blinds.

Your feedback will help to inform the design process & subsequent planning application which will be made to Mid Ulster Council in 2020.

All comments must be received by Friday 16th October 2020.

About Bloc Blinds

The Bloc Blinds Company Vision is to INNOVATE, DESIGN & CREATE

Bloc Blinds are strongly rooted in Mid Ulster and have proven their ability to provide innovation in the field of window blind design & production.

To achieve all this Bloc Blinds put people at the centre of their business. A truly 21st-century company, Bloc are progressive in the provision of staff wellbeing facilities as they realise that innovation, design, and creation need nurturing. 

To enable innovation, Bloc is proactive in supporting & enabling their staff, allowing them to work with both collaboration and autonomy, and giving them the opportunity, encouragement, and support to maximize their full potential.

Bloc is proud to be an Investors in People employer, and actively assist employees to develop themselves, both through training and providing opportunities. Currently, they have employees furthering themselves in courses at both the North and North West Regional Colleges. 

Bloc also works closely with Invest NI, providing employees with the opportunity to travel to the USA, Europe, and China, and training that enhances their practical skills and knowledge.

With an employee base largely from the Magherafelt area- it really is tremendous to see such an innovative company, with such a strong commitment to its staff; ready and willing to continue its expansion & invest so heavily in the Mid Ulster area.

About the Proposed Development

There are a number of key drivers behind the proposed development: 

  • Delivering recently secured contracts for PPE to help in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic & enabling production within a clean air environment
  • Expanding on contracts for Blinds & other core products which will not only securing existing employment but also provide new employment in the Mid Ulster area
  • Enable further investment in Research & Development & provide easy links for the transportation of goods in & out of the Magherafelt area

The proposed site is a 3.2ha green field with good access directly onto the Aughrim Road, has a reasonable level topography & is located adjacent to existing industrial use; an SDC factory & a recently constructed car repair garage are direct across the road. 

The proposal will see a manufacturing facility comprised of three parts; office accommodation, staff welfare facility & main manufacturing building, all set within a high quality landscaped setting which will assist the development to settle into its rural setting & provide staff with high-quality amenity space.

If you have any specific questions, would like to receive more information on the development or wish to discuss the proposals, please email nicholas@manorarchitects.com & someone will contact you.

Feedback Section

Thank you for taking the time to complete the feedback section, answer with as much detail as you can. In particular, we would like to know:

  • What are your general thoughts on the provision of high quality, long term employment with the Magherafelt area
  • What are your thoughts on the provision of this manufacturing facility in general? (size, location & purpose etc)
  • What other environmental, social & economic improvements would you like to see in your area? (more jobs, better amenity spaces, community support facilities, etc)

All feedback will be treated as anonymous & your details will not be shared with anyone.