Arla megadairy on track for summer 2013 opening as firm looks to recruit its 700 employees

View - The ARLA development from the Buckland Bridge near Aston Clinton
View - The ARLA development from the Buckland Bridge near Aston Clinton
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Building work at the Arla megadairy in Aston Clinton is on schedule, with the expected opening date of summer 2013 on the cards.

Drivers on the A41 bypass cannot fail to notice the progress of the massive structure.

Press officer Amanda Hare said: “The exterior is near completion and we are on track to begin internal installations in the New Year.”

A temporary office has been set up on site with a 50-strong project team working from portable buildings which were originally used in London during the building of the Olympic village.

“A total of 700 new jobs will be created, and we hope to recruit the majority of them locally,” said Mrs Hare.

“We have already recruited a local lady as receptionist. “Other jobs will include drivers, who will collect the milk from farms and bring it to the dairy and then take it on to retailers.

“We also have laboratory roles to test the milk, and jobs in processing, filling, and cold store.

“We will also need team leaders, site managers and health and safety officers.”

An open oay will be held at the Holiday Inn in Aston Clinton on Wednesday, November 28 for anyone interested in finding out more about the work of Arla in general and the dairy in particular.

“This is not specifically a recruitment event,” said Mrs Hare, “it is more about giving people the chance to find out more about Arla.”

However, the recruitment team will be there and visitors are welcome to bring along their CVs.

Tree planting begins on the site this week. This was part of the mitigation offered following public consultation and the trees will provide a landscaped buffer.