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Messrs Sargood, Son, and Ewen are about to erect a new boot factory of large dimensions, the continued expansion of their business necessitating the providing of more accommodation than is to be found in their present factory. There are 180 hands working in the present building, or fully as many as the space at command will admit of, and as there is work for more the firm have decided on erecting more roomy premises. The site selected lies to the east of the railway station, and extends from Richardson street into Willis street. The building, which will have a frontage of 82ft to each of those streets, -mill be 158 ft in length, and will have a floor space of 13,000 square feet. The foundation will be of concrete and the walls of brick. The interior will be lighted not only by means of large windows at each end, but also through the medium of the roof, the gi eater portion of which will be of glass. To show the extent of this provision for light we may state that over 1,200 ft of rolled plate glass will be used in the roof alone. Equal care and forethought have been exercised in the important matter of ventilation. Tobin's system is to be carried out, and the result will be a building so perfectly ventilated as to be greatly conducive to the comfort and health of the employed. The large amount of interior space will be divided into roomy apartments, fitted up for the different branches of work to be carried on ; and the male and female employes occupy distinct sections of the building. The business entrance and the men's department will be in the portion fronting Richardson street, while the women's department will be in that fronting Willis street—separate entrances giving access to each department. About two-thirds of the large section of land will be occupied by the main building of the factory, to which there is, however, to be an annexe 60ft by 17ft, in which the offices will be quartered, and also stables for the horses used in the business. An additional building will be a four-roomed cottage in which the man in charge of the horses and factory will reside. The erection of these commodious premises speaks well for the enterprise of the firm, and shows that they at least have considerable faith in the future prosperity of the colony.

Messrs M'Gill and Thomson are the contractors for the work, and they have commenced to lay down material on the site.

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SARGOOD AND CO.'S NEW BOOT FACTORY., Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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SARGOOD AND CO.'S NEW BOOT FACTORY. Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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