Banbridge creamery site on market for £9.5m

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THE iconic ‘creamery’ in Banbridge has gone on the market for a cool £9.5 million.

Owners Lakeland Dairies confirmed last November that the Rathfriland Road site is being permanently closed from June as part of “operational changes” within the co-operative.

The creamery had been a major employer in the town for nearly a century.

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However, operations were gradually wound down with no milk directly processed there for a

Banbridge's creamery on the Rathfriland Road. Photo: Paul Byrne.Banbridge's creamery on the Rathfriland Road. Photo: Paul Byrne.
Banbridge's creamery on the Rathfriland Road. Photo: Paul Byrne.

number of years.

In recent times, it was used for seasonal butter churning and packing during spring and summer - as well as for powder storage.

Belfast-based commercial agent Lisney has listed the high-profile industrial/warehouse facility for sale.

The overall site on which the main buildings are located totals an area of around 12.3 acres, while there is an adjacent 4.2 acres agricultural site.

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According to the agent’s brochure, the buildings on the site are predominantly made up of quality warehouse accommodation with eaves ranging from 6 to 9 metres and loading bays or electric roller shutter doors throughout. The total internal area of the buildings is around 212,000 sq ft.

While these buildings have been used as dry stores and cold stores supporting the previous dairy operations, the agents say they could be immediately utilised by a range of end users with little to no reconfiguration or capital expenditure.

The remainder of the buildings could be reconfigured or redeveloped to suit the needs of numerous operators.

The additional 4.2 acre agricultural site to the south-east, which can be accessed from the main site via a tunnel under the A1 dual carriageway, offers scope for residential development, or additional warehousing, subject to the necessary planning consents.

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Speaking following the announcement of the creamery closure, Banbridge MLA Diane Dodds underlined the significance of its prime location.

“The site, given its size and location within the town, is of great strategic importance and I want to see its potential maximised for the benefit of the town and for local employment.”

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