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West Ferry Printers, Luton

West Ferry Printers, a subsidiary of the Express Newspaper Group, moved from the Isle of Dogs to a new site in Luton with the aim of having one of the most cost effective newspaper printing sites in the UK. When all four presses are in full production the plant is able to print two million copies a night at speeds of up to 90,000 copies an hour.

The site is located adjacent to the M1 and is well placed for southern edition national newspaper distribution.  Two buildings totalling 150,000 sq ft have been converted into the new state of art facility.  The building includes a press hall accommodating two lines of four double width KBA Commander CT presses totalling 22 towers plus 4 folders, mail room, reel store and office accommodation.

The programme was extremely challenging, the building only being purchased at the end of October and the building works commencing on the 6th December.  This left 51 weeks to the first production date.  Thornton-Firkin were Project and Cost Managers and together with the rest of the project team the project was delivered on time.