Clegg completes new multi-million HQ for West Yorkshire electrical company


Clegg Construction has completed a new headquarters for a global electrical, power and data solutions company which will create more than 140 jobs in West Yorkshire.

The £6.2m build for OE Electrics Limited is based at Calder Park in Wakefield and has been handed over by Clegg Construction’s Yorkshire office, which is based in Leeds.

Built on a 2.27 hectare site, the building houses OE’s head office along with advanced manufacturing, research and development, assembly and distribution facilities.

The company, which employs 150 people, was founded in 1986 and supplies a range of cable management, power, data and computer accessories for the commercial and public sector with offices in London, Dubai and a manufacturing facility in Australia. (Elsafe Pty Ltd)

The new facility will allow OE to cater for increasing demand for its products and the growth will help create 144 office, assembly and apprenticeship roles over the next eight years.

It was funded with support from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) after OE secured a £500,000 grant from the LEP to invest in job creation and expansion along with a further loan of £1m to help pay towards construction costs to aid business growth.

The steel framed building comprises two portal frames which form the main office and advanced manufacturing area. The exterior of the building was designed to complement other buildings on the business park. External works include the creation of a service yard, car park, hard and soft landscaping and minor highway works.

Clegg Construction’s Managing Director, Simon Blackburn, said: “The new warehouse and offices highlights our strength in the industrial market.”

David Masters, Group Managing Director for OE Electrics, said: “We had run out of space to expand on our previous site and were working from four different buildings.

“We now have a quality new build site which has visual impact and is energy efficient. It brings everything together under one roof which means we are now able to increase export and expansion into new markets.

“Working with Clegg Construction has been a great experience; they are a very professional company. There has been good communication and the build has been well project managed.”

The scheme is one of a number of successful projects Clegg Construction has completed in Yorkshire in the last year, including a £3.5m extension to the University of Sheffield’s Casting Technology Institute. The company is currently delivering a £6.2m Premier Inn hotel for Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust (SREIT) in Headingley and is building an £8m project in Sheffield to provide 107 premium student rooms for Empiric.