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Almac plans major spend to build staff new two-storey catering hub and coffee dock

The 'Northside Catering Hub' - which would stretch to well over 17,000 sq ft - would also included covered external seating and be used by an estimated 400 staff daily

Almac Craigavon

Hundreds of workers at Almac could soon be enjoying some down time in a major new staff catering facility.

And the development – which includes a coffee dock – will also have covered seating.

The new-build – for which proposals have been drawn up under the name of the ‘Northside Catering Hub’ – would represent a significant investment by the Co Armagh-based pharmaceutical giant.

Plans have been lodged with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for consideration.

And, if approved, the new staff facility – along with a second planned hub – would facilitate the whole campus (seating almost 1,000 at any one time).

The proposals also cover associated site works to include alterations to existing landscaping and associated car parking.

It would be built on existing car parking, on “lands within the Almac Complex adjacent to and east of Building 10, adjacent to and south of Building 1A, Seagoe Industrial Estate, Portadown”.

The new-built catering development would stretch to over 17,000 sq ft in terms of floorspace, with the majority of this being for ‘seating and eating’.

An Almac spokesperson, speaking to Armagh I, said: “Almac has planned a £20 million investment to enhance their current business campus for employees at its global headquarters in Craigavon including two purpose-built catering hubs, featuring restaurants, mixed used dining and working areas, covered outdoor eating, breakout spaces and seating for almost 1,000 people at any one time.

 “Subject to planning approvals, these hubs are expected to be completed in early 2023. Additional developments currently under construction include a new purpose-built multi-level car park providing additional free parking for every employee.

“Provisional plans have already been drafted for phase two of the expansion plans which include a dedicated wellness centre, an employee gymnasium, a walking track around the campus and a third catering facility. “

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