A Preston firm had the royal seal of approval for its new research and development centre.
Constructed at Sika’s Fishwick headquarters the £2.5 million building is on the site of a former 100 year old warehouse.
HRH the Duke of Kent joined the Mayor and Mayoress to open the research centre.
It was built by Preston construction firm Conlon.
Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction, said: “The fact that both local dignitaries and a representative of the royal family have attended the official launch of this research and development facility demonstrate the importance of this investment to the region and to the UK’s liquid plastics sector.
“As a Preston-based company we are very proud to have played a key role in delivering such an important project for the city and it builds on our experience of major commercial schemes.”