Blackburn Council has granted the planning application for Chubb Fire & Security’s new Blackburn office, a workspace for hundreds of employees. The project will transform the existing Blackburn office campus into an integrated and sustainable space for Chubb and UK affiliates of Otis and Carrier Controls, and serve as a showcase for the capabilities of all three brands.
The development, which will involve the demolition of three existing Chubb buildings on the Shadsworth Business Park and temporary relocation of employees whilst work is undertaken, will result in a building for up to 500 employees working in information technology, finance, supply chain and customer service. It will also be the new home for Chubb Systems and Chubb Community Care, including the research, development and engineering teams.
Councillor Phil Riley of Blackburn, along with Darwen Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “This is a massive investment by a global business and will provide many quality jobs and a boost to the borough. Industry leaders such as Chubb have confidence in the borough and are showing this through long-term commitment and expansion. We have worked very closely with Chubb during this process and we are very pleased that work can now begin. The Council is fully committed to forming these relationships to build up prosperity, opportunity and long-term investment in Blackburn with Darwen.”
“This is the culmination of many years of hard work for the Chubb team and especially the last two years of planning,” said Craig Forbes, finance director, Chubb. “We are delighted that Blackburn Council has given the go ahead. Thanks to the support of the council and the local community, the site can now be redeveloped to provide our employees with an environmentally responsible, smart and energy-efficient workplace.”