Luxury brand Burberry has announced plans to develop a state-of-the-art manufacturing and weaving facility in Leeds, UK, where it will produce its iconic trench coat. The proposal represents an initial investment of over £50 million in the heart of Yorkshire and is expected to provide permanent employment for more than a thousand people. Work on the new site is due to begin in 2016 with a current completion date of 2019.
The first phase of development will see an area of the site redeveloped to create a new facility that will offer increased capacity for trench coat production, more sustainable and efficient ways of manufacturing, and the potential to develop and produce other products at the site. Subsequent phases of development contain plans to restore and renew the Grade I listed Temple Works building. Announcing the project, Burberry Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer Christopher Bailey said: “I am delighted to announce that the next chapter of Burberry’s manufacturing story will be right here in Yorkshire. Burberry is a proudly British brand and we are so excited that our plan for a new site in South Bank, Leeds, means that we will continue to produce our most iconic product – the trench coat – in this wonderful part of the country for many years to come.”