ICR opens new headquarters in Aberdeen Energy Park
Bill Bayliss, Group CEO of ICR announces the relocation from six bases across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, into one custom designed new facility located in Aberdeen Energy Park
ICR, global provider of integrated maintenance and integrity solutions to the Oil & Gas, Power, Chemical, Nuclear and Defence industries, officially opened the doors to its new headquarters in Aberdeen this month. Having recently signed a 15-year lease for the facilities in Aberdeen Energy Park, work to customise the office and workshop was completed and staff have now settled into the fit for purpose facility providing a strong base to continue expanding and growing ICR’s global footprint.
The new facility includes 12,000 sq ft of workshop space, 5,000 sq ft office accommodation, along with secure yardage and car parking. The base is ideal for ICR’s international group of companies (Walker Technical Resources Limited, North East Corrosion Engineers Limited (NECE), Chemical Injection Utilities Ltd. (CIU), Quickflange UK Limited and Mechanical Onsite Services Limited (MOSS)) which in June this year commenced changes to its legal structure and are now operating as one legal entity offering a range of integrated asset integrity services.
Bill Bayliss, said: “I am confident the consolidation of our group of companies will bring significant benefits to our clients. We have industry-leading expertise and experience across all our business units and bringing this together will enhance our ability to provide bespoke solutions as well as support our growth strategy. Our integration to one large UK base also shows ICR’s continued commitment to the North-East Oil & Gas supply chain.”
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New video from ICR Group
Energy Park occupier, ICR Group has just launched a new video, highlighting the company’s global integrated maintenance and integrity capabilities.
Group CEO Bill Bayliss explains why this is an exciting time for ICR as they continue to integrate operations here at the Energy Park, invest in research and development and expand their global footprint.
ICR, global provider of integrated maintenance and integrity solutions to the Oil & Gas, Power, Chemical, Nuclear and Defence industries, has signed a 15-year lease for new headquarters at Unit H2, Claymore Avenue, Aberdeen Energy Park.
The new 16,000 sq ft (1,486 sq m) facility, owned by Moorfield Real Estate Fund III (MREFIII), includes 11,000 sq ft of warehouse space, 5,000 sq ft office accommodation, along with secure yardage and car parking.
ICR is an international group of companies (Walker Technical Resources Limited, North East Corrosion Engineers Limited (NECE), Chemical Injection Utilities Ltd. (CIU), Quickflange UK Limited and Mechanical Onsite Services Limited (MOSS)) which in June this year commenced changes to its legal structure and are now operating as one legal entity offering a range of integrated asset integrity services. Group headquarters have been based at The Hub, within the Aberdeen Energy Park since 2013 and as part of the group’s continued growth strategy, integration to one large UK base shows further commitment to the North East Oil & Gas supply chain and workforce.
Over the next couple of months, the company will relocate operations from six bases across Aberdeen, into the custom designed new facility on the Aberdeen Energy Park.
Bill Bayliss, Executive Chairman of ICR Integrity Ltd, said: “We were seeking to consolidate our operations into one location. The convenient location of the Energy Park, combined with the high-quality facilities and adjoining yard space attracted us to the new unit. The facility meets our business requirements in the Aberdeen area and will support us to fully integrate our service offering, leverage our market leading technical expertise as well as drive expansion.”
Speaking on behalf of the parks’ owner, Moorfield Real Estate Fund III, Mark Holmes from Moorfield Group said: “This deal is great news for the park and for the Aberdeen economy in general. Our confidence in the quality product offering at Aberdeen Energy Park has been rewarded with this letting. ICR is a high calibre occupier and we look forward to the business continuing to prosper and grow at the park.”
Paul Richardson of joint agent Ryden, who represented Moorfield Group, added: “The company was attracted by the new facility, which offers a quality base for this expanding business. The parks continue to meet occupier’s needs and we are pleased to note significant interest.”
The Aberdeen Energy Park is situated in the Bridge of Don area, approximately three miles north of Aberdeen City Centre, within walking distance of the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. The parks are easily accessible from the City Centre and Aberdeen International Airport as well as from the A90 ring road to the trunk road network.
Existing occupiers include Global Ports Services, Ocean Installer, META Downhole, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Elevator, Rubberatkins and Hydro Group, with GE Oil + Gas, Holiday Inn Express and the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre immediately adjacent to the Park.
Knight Frank and Ryden are joint agents at Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks. ICR Integrity was represented by FG Burnett.
ICR is committed to delivering smarter integrated solutions to support clients with maintenance and integrity related challenges from their new headquarters in Aberdeen. The company looks forward to providing a range of integrated solutions from under one roof including Weldless connections, Chemical Injection, Specialist Onsite Machining, Integrity Monitoring and Engineered Composite Repairs all of which support safe operations, production uptime and operational cost efficiency.
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Visit us on Stand 2C20 at Offshore Europe
Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks will be exhibiting at Offshore Europe 2017
We will be on Stand 2C20, part of the Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council pavilion.
We hope you can join us at this year’s event, which will be held from Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 September at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre.
Visit us on the City & Shire Pavilion on Stand 2C20.
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Hydro Group named as Company of the Year at Subsea UK awards
Aberdeen-headquartered Hydro Group plc has secured the Company of the Year title at the 2017 Subsea UK Awards.
The cable and connector specialist was recognised for its performance in the subsea sector and its significant development to date, as well as its plans for future success and growth, both in the UK and internationally.
The annual awards, held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, highlight the achievements of individuals and companies throughout the subsea industry and are the most prestigious awards in the subsea sector.
Doug Whyte, managing director at Hydro Group, said: “Being presented with this award is testament to the growth and success the company has achieved over the past three decades. I am proud of our team for their dedicated support, adapting to the ever changing industry, while also securing a stronghold in additional markets including oceanographic and renewable energies, and defence.
“We have also invested significantly into international markets including Canada, Europe and the Far East, further supported by our Singapore-based division Hydro Group Asia, formed in 2013. This is an exciting time for the whole team, and we remain committed to the development of market-leading subsea cables and connectors.”
From its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Scotland, Hydro Group develops the complete subsea electrical and optical interconnect package, built to withstand the harshest environmental conditions.
Hydro Group is based at Aberdeen Energy Park employs more than 100 full time staff worldwide and operates on a global platform providing total solutions to a portfolio of prime contractors, major operators, OEMs, defence agencies, defence organisations and the UK MOD.
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Elevator awarded £7m Business Gateway contract to support North East businesses over the next five years
Elevator – Scotland’s leading social enterprise for work on entrepreneurship, enterprise and employability – will continue to deliver the Business Gateway service for Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City councils from April.
Elevator, based at Aberdeen Energy Park, has been delivering economic development activities to the local business community on behalf of the local councils for 30 years.
The award of the contract comes at a time of great investment across the region and is seen as playing an important part in the delivery of the Regional Economic Strategy.
The new contract shows the strength of both councils’ commitment to supporting local business, and the investment is expected to bring employment and improvement benefits for the local economy. The region already has a strong start-up culture and it is important to build on this so that new businesses are able to invest in the area and sell their goods and services across the globe.
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Power up – High speed internet provider CityFibre installing ultra-fast broadband infrastructure at Energy Park
High speed internet provider CityFibre has installed new fibre broadband infrastructure at Aberdeen Energy Park, making the park one of the first locations in the City of Aberdeen to have this high speed capability.
CityFibre has feed the park with a cable containing 144 individual fibres, with capacity to install further cables in the future as required. This new infrastructure is capable of providing occupiers on the park with connectivity of up to 1 gigabit.
AIM-listed CityFibre, which designs, builds, owns and operates fibre optic infrastructure in UK towns and cities, teamed up with leading national internet service provider IBF, to deploy the gigabit-capable dark fibre broadband network, which will make Aberdeen Scotland’s first gigabit city.
Speaking on behalf of the parks’ owner, Moorfield Real Estate Fund III, Mark Holmes from Moorfield Group said: “We are very excited about this project, which gives Energy Park occupiers access to state-of-the-art network infrastructure, far exceeding previous capabilities.
“Gigabit high speed connectivity opens up a whole raft of leading-edge software and applications that could bring enormous benefits to our occupiers, allowing them to work more efficiently and cost effectively.”
Aberdeen Energy Park expansion land secures planning consent to deliver office, industrial & warehouse uses
Aberdeen City Council has recently approved a Section 42 application, lodged by Buccmoor LP, to amend the use consent, associated with expansion land at Aberdeen Energy Park, Bridge of Don.
The expansion land at the Energy Park already benefits from Planning Permission in Principle (PPiP) to deliver 48,000 sq m (500,000 sq ft) of industrial, office and warehouse accommodation.
The amendment today means that the expansion land can accommodate use Classes 4, 5 and 6, with Class 6 use (storage or distribution) now unrestricted.
Speaking on behalf of Buccmoor LP, Steph Rennie, associate of Buccleuch Property said:
“With the benefit of this consent, we can now fully demonstrate to the market that the expansion land at Aberdeen Energy Park will accommodate office, industrial and distribution warehousing across Use Classes 4, 5 and 6.
“The quality environment of the park remains a key feature and we look forward to delivering bespoke solutions to occupiers, be it through site sales or bespoke development.”
Mark Holmes from Moorfield Group (on behalf of the parks’ owner, Moorfield Real Estate Fund III) added:
“We are very grateful for the ongoing support of Aberdeen City Council as we look to further develop both the Energy and Innovation Parks into a top business location in the North East of Scotland. This planning approval is a further boost and will widen the appeal of the park to a wider audience.”
Knight Frank and Ryden advised Buccmoor LP. Eric Shearer, partner at Knight Frank, and Paul Richardson, partner at Ryden commented:
“As joint marketing agents for the Park, we are delighted that the application has been granted. It further allows us to widely market new development opportunities at this quality location, appealing to multiple organisations requiring large scale office or warehouse accommodation.”
Buccmoor LP is a joint venture between Buccleuch Property and Moorfield Real Estate Fund III. As well as having sites for sale at Aberdeen Energy Park, Buccmoor is an experienced developer and can tailor bespoke packages to match occupiers’ business needs.
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HRH The Duke of York visits Elevator Hub at Energy Park
His Royal Highness The Duke of York met business leaders and entrepreneurs from throughout the North and North-east when he recently visited social enterprise Elevator.
His Royal Highness, who works to promote economic growth and skilled job creation in the UK, toured the £1million hub at Bridge of Don, which was set up to help facilitate the start-up and growth of new and existing businesses in Aberdeen city and shire.
During his visit, the Duke of York was introduced to the current cohort of participants of Elevator’s Accelerator Programme, which is for ambitious early-stage business owners and teams seeking to improve their business offering, growth and investment potential at an accelerated rate.
He also met key representatives of the business community, including Maggie McGinlay of Scottish Enterprise; Pat Machray of Opportunity North East (ONE); Richard Sweetnam, Head of Economic Development, Aberdeen City Council, and Moray Barber, Senior Partner at KPMG. He also met Business Gateway staff and representatives of The Prince’s Trust Get Into programme, a suite of sector specific employability programmes that help young people aged 16-25, and are not in employment, education or training into work.
Elevator Deputy Chief Executive Graham Morgan welcomed His Royal Highness to the Centre.
“This is a challenging time for the North East, but it is also a time of opportunities. The entrepreneurial agenda has become even more important to the local economy, indeed to Scotland, and Elevator is very well placed to make a real difference at this time.
“Aberdeen has always had a strong reputation for innovation and has always been strongly entrepreneurial but at this time, perhaps more than ever, the need for diversification, new thinking and creativity is self-evident. The opportunity to share thoughts on all this and to show the positives that underlie the challenges is fantastic.”
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Buccmoor sells development site at Aberdeen Energy Park
New facility set to deliver major business expansion for Hydro Group plc
Buccleuch Property and Moorfield Group (Buccmoor LP) has announced the sale of 0.63 acres of development land at Aberdeen Energy Park to existing occupier, Hydro Group plc.
The site sale has enabled Hydro Group, which designs and manufacturers underwater cables and connectors for subsea, underwater, topside and onshore applications, to expand operations and develop a brand new 13,700 sq ft bespoke workshop, with mezzanine deck.
This will be used to install the company’s new armouring line and also provide a pressure testing area, together with additional storage. This new space is in addition to the 45,500 sq ft already occupied at the park.
This development follows on from the company’s £300,000 investment last year in the advanced armour line, which extended Hydro Group’s product capabilities, enabling the company to offer cable products to improve and support subsea operations.
Doug Whyte, Hydro Group Managing Director, said:
“The new facility and additional space was required in order to diversify and develop our business. The new facility has been a significant investment in the future of our company here at Aberdeen Energy Park and has opened up new business opportunities.
“We are now able to manufacture mechanically protected cables which can withstand higher stresses in subsea and defence operations and the extra space means that we can also offer greater capacity in size and overall lengths.
Hydro Group, an Energy Park occupier since 2008, is currently one of a very small number of companies in the UK to offer this technology.
Speaking on behalf of the parks’ owner, Moorfield Real Estate Fund III, Mark Holmes from Moorfield Group said:
“It is very encouraging to see Hydro Group diversify and expand operations here at Aberdeen Energy Park. We were pleased to be able to facilitate the sale of development land which was available adjacent to the company’s existing facility. We look forward to the business continuing to develop and prosper at the park.
“This trend of diversification into new or complimentary business activities seems to be gathering pace around Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland at the present time.”
Doug Garden, partner of Knight Frank in Aberdeen, who advised Hydro Group added:
“Having project managed the original building for Hydro Group; it was pleasing to be involved once again in assisting Hydro Group with their further growth at Aberdeen Energy Park, with the new facility set to open officially this Spring.”
As well as having sites for sale at Aberdeen Energy Park, Buccmoor is an experienced developer and can tailor bespoke packages to match occupiers’ business needs.