A Launceston steel fabrication factory has a released plans for a $3.5 million upgrade.
Haywards, based at Western Junction, will build a manufacturing plant on a vacant block.
The workshop would be about 30 metres-wide, 127.5m long and about 16 metres-tall, a development application said.
“The expansion of Haywards is in response to successfully tendering for a number of large contracts,” it said.
“This will result in 20 full-time equivalent skilled jobs. Increased indirect employment will also occur in the businesses in Translink [Precinct] and the wider region.”
The application was lodged with the Northern Midlands Council and would be constructed in the region’s Trasnlink Precinct near the Launceston Airport.
It is now essential for the company to have the capacity to use an 80 tonne crane, the application said.
“Since the construction of Haywards most recent workshop, the infrastructure and construction industry has continued to tread towards large component pieces,” it said.
“The new workshop is essential for Haywards to continue winning large tenders.”
Northern Midlands Business Association chief executive Gordon Williams welcomed the development.
“It’s great to see some results for the work that has been taking place to develop Translink,” he said.
“As you start to take away all of the objections and start to address the advantages then continued success for Translink can only be the outcome for it.”
The development application is open for comment until Friday, November 23 before it goes before the council for a decision.
Twenty new car parks are proposed, including a disability space.
“The proposal does rely on a number of discretions, however, the proposal is consistent with the requirements of the relevant performance criteria,” the application said.
The site has frontage to Boral Road and is adjacent to five titles already occupied by Haywards.
A concrete hard stand opposite to the frontage is required to allow for manoeuvring completed structures out of the shed ready for delivery.
There will also be a five-metre office and amenities building within the new workshop.