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JCB chairman launches competition to 'leave a legacy to Uttoxeter'

Anthony Bamford, longstanding chairman of JCB and one of the great construction millionaires, is to launch an architectural competition.

The hugely successful plant manufacturer is planning a new development for the site of his long-established factory in Uttoxeter, Staffs.

Bamford said he wants the site redeveloped in a way that will benefit the area, because he plans to pull out of the factory.

He said: 'My family has very long links with Uttoxeter; we started out as blacksmiths there in the 1820s and my father founded JCB in the town in 1945.

'For that reason I want to leave a legacy to Uttoxeter by ensuring any development which takes place on the JCB Heavy Products site is of a very high standard.

'I'd like to be personally involved in deciding how the JCB Heavy Products site is developed and would like to see a RIBA competition in order to secure an award-winning design for the area.'

It is understood that any competition brief is likely to demand a mixed-use solution.

by Ed Dorrell

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