Works Road is home to a busy group of larger and medium sized national/international companies, medium and smaller local companies, with trading estates either side full of more business units, with a few new car dealers thrown in. One of the first of the older businesses you see is Lloyds Lawnmowers, just beyond this the old 1907 W H Smith factory, later becoming Morse Chain.

In the past the industrial estate was home to some surprisingly heavy engineering such as in the early days : K & L Steel (off Dunhams Lane), Jones Cranes , Morse Chain (Works Road), Shelvoke and Drewry and Chater Lea (Icknield Way) and later on Borg Warner (Jubilee Road), several printers and early car manufacturers. (see the industrial heritage section)

W H Smith from the Old Postcard section of this site

Just past the old factories at Pixmore Avenue is the site of the old power station.
Demolished 2006 / 7.. Click the picture to see full set of the demolition

Moving on past the various groups of businesses on either side you get to Aztek Logistics, who since Since 2009 have had a 7 acre site, complete with 70,000 sq ft of secure, bulk and racked warehousing sited almost on the junction with Avenue One, further on again over Green Lane towards the junction with Jubilee Road you find the headquarters of the multinational Altro flooring and Autoglym. Beyond these the industrial estate is still expanding.

The area is constantly being redeveloped to meet the changing requirements of existing and new tennants, much of Avenue One, Dunhams Lane and Campus 5 has been developed in the last 20 years as old factories and warehouses have been cleared and replaced.

The junction at Green Lane leads you to the railway bridge to Green Lane, an original residential street, Icknield Way originally mainly industrial in this section of a road that trails in various sections across the whole town (It is the route of an ancient path that can be traced across the country from the Norfolk to Dorset coast), and Blackhorse Lane (the latest part of the industrial estate to be used for exstensive residential development)

A feature of the town was always the close proximity of residential and industrial areas.

Near Altro Jubilee Road branches off to the right taking you towards towards Baldock. Jubilee Road is flanked by a large industrial estate on one side and a mix of industrial and retail parks on the other.

(Above) Woodside industrial park , just one of the several areas either side of Works Road packed with smaller business units
(Below) Some of the larger business premises along works road

The last picture is the power station which was demolished 2007 and which in 2015 is still awaiting redevelopment, see more on this here >>>