New North East roots for top timber firm

Arnold Laver Timber World’s new £3 million North East Call Collect has been officially opened by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Cllr Edward Malcolm.

Riverside Sawmills, on Wagonway Road, in Hebburn, was declared open at a special champagne launch event, which was also marked with celebration speeches from Irene Lucas, chief executive of South Tyneside Council and Arnold Laver’s chairman, David Laver.

The move to Hebburn will eventually create 30 new jobs and the company’s 50 staff have relocated to the new site, from their former North East depot - FJ Reeves Timber World, at Tyne Dock.

Designed to provide customers with quick and easy access to one of the widest range of materials in the region, the Call Collect facility is a one-stop-shop housing softwoods, hardwoods, sheet materials, joinery products, laminates, worktops, building products, hardware and decking all under one roof.

The Timber World depot, which has been constructed on the old Dent Steel site also includes a showroom dedicated to Arnold Laver Timber World’s exclusive Accent Kitchens UK range.

The company, with its headquarters in Sheffield, has spent more than £1.5m refurbishing the site and installing a mill to provide bespoke timber machining with fast turnaround times. There is also a treatment plant to protect external timber.

Andrew Laver, Managing Director of Arnold Laver Timber World, said: “The opening of the new depot is a key milestone Arnold Laver’s history and follows months of planning and consultation to ensure that our new site is one of the most technologically and environmentally advanced in the industry.

“We are delighted to commit our long term future to South Tyneside. The move to Hebburn forms part of our national expansion plans and the investment made at the new depot will allow us to improve the service we offer to customers as well as bring huge regeneration benefits to the area.”

The new Call Collect Depot was constructed by North Midland Building Ltd, the building arm of North Midland Construction Plc.

Brian Evans, Chairman of North Midland Building, said: “We are pleased to have been so successfully involved with such a key development for Arnold Laver Timber World.

“The original construction period was expected to be 20 weeks, however, we were aware that any reduction in the programme would be of great benefit to Arnold Laver, allowing them to train staff prior to the opening and possibly even to open earlier than planned. As such, we made a tremendous effort to programme the works as efficiently as possible and were delighted to hand over the completed site in 14 weeks, almost six weeks earlier than anticipated.”

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