OTAQ secures new base at the Innovation Park

Leading marine technology and aquaculture company OTAQ Group has agreed a five-year lease for 4,434 sq ft of space at Crombie Lodge, on Moorfield Group’s Aberdeen Innovation Park, for its new business base.

Crombie Lodge is currently undergoing a comprehensive reconfiguration and refurbishment programme to deliver 12,000 sq ft of Grade A standard commercial space. OTAQ is the second tenant to take space in the building, following on from systems integration specialist Servalec Controls, which agreed a 6,000 sq ft letting in late 2019.

The new space has been refurbished to OTAQ’s specification and consists of office and meeting accommodation, along with dedicated storage, laboratory and engineering space, with roller shutter doors. The company is upsizing from a small suite in the neighbouring James Gregory Centre as part of its ongoing expansion programme, which has included the acquisition and integration of Link Subsea into the group. The new office will initially accommodate eight staff, with OTAQ looking to recruit additional engineering and business development staff from later this year.

Chris Hyde, OTAQ’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Our business is developing rapidly and we needed more substantial space to facilitate our expansion programme. We reviewed a number of locations in the area before making our decision. Crombie Lodge offers an outstanding location and provides our staff with a superb sustainable working environment, along with generous car parking space. In concluding this deal, we were impressed by the can-do and flexible approach of Moorfield, which enabled us to secure quality space, designed for our business needs.”

Hugh Canham from Moorfield Group (on behalf of the parks’ owner, Moorfield Real Estate Fund III) said: “We’ve worked closely with OTAQ on the refurbishment programme and Crombie Lodge will give the company the ideal base to grow and develop. Three units totalling circa 3,000 sq ft remain available at Crombie Lodge and it is clear that our sustainable refurbishment programme is proving popular with occupiers in the area.”

The programme of works at Crombie Lodge, which is being managed by Aberdeen-based architect Cooper & MacGregor, will be completed to Grade A standard and includes upgrades to the building exterior, along with the reconfiguration of the entire building, including reception and shared areas. The development will incorporate the best achievable sustainability and environment standards. Works are currently making good progress, with completion scheduled for this spring.

Knight Frank and Ryden are joint agents for Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks.

Expansion sees Sensalytx open new office at James Gregory

Another deal has been concluded by Moorfield Group at the Innovation Park, with data analytics and visualisation company, Sensalytx agreeing terms for two units at the James Gregory Centre.

Aberdeen-based Sensalytx began trading in 2017 from an incubator unit at the Oil & Gas Training Centre (OGTC) and is now opening the new office, as a result of expansion and increased staff numbers to eight. An initial one-year lease for a ten-desk serviced office has been agreed.
Sensalytx provides well management and data analytics services, to ensure the safe, secure and cost-effective decommissioning of oil wells, which enables oil and gas companies to maximise economic recovery from oil and gas assets.

Graham Gaston, CEO said: “Increased business means that we simply need additional space to develop and grow. Moorfield offered us excellent quality space at James Gregory, with flexible lease terms. I am delighted to move into this office and bring our team together in such a fantastic business environment.”

Hugh Canham from Moorfield Group added: “This deal is another endorsement for the cost-effective and flexible serviced office solutions we can offer occupiers on the park. Sensalytx is an excellent addition to the entrepreneurial occupier mix at James Gregory and we wish Graham and the team every success.”

The James Gregory Centre offers occupiers a modern serviced office centre that provides serviced office suites. Suitable for of two to eight people, space is available on highly flexible terms.

The centre offers ample car parking and shared parts of the building have recently undergone refurbishment. The Innovation Park is conveniently located, approximately three miles north of Aberdeen city centre and close to the Third Don Crossing.

For availability details for office and serviced office solutions, please contact our parks manager, Cherry Paton on 01224 933100.

Servelec Controls set to expand operations at Crombie Lodge

Servelec Controls is set to expand and relocate its Aberdeen operations to a purpose-designed facility at Moorfield Group’s Innovation Park in Bridge of Don.

The systems integration specialist, a long-term occupier at the Energy & Innovation Parks, has agreed a 10-year lease on 6,000 sq ft at Crombie Lodge. This move sees Servelec Controls increase floorspace by around 30%.

Crombie Lodge totals of 12,000 sq ft over two floors and is currently undergoing a comprehensive reconfiguration and refurbishment programme, which is being managed by Aberdeen-based architect Cooper & MacGregor.

The programme of works will be completed to Grade A standard and includes upgrades to the building exterior, along with the reconfiguration of the entire building, including reception and shared areas. The development will incorporate the best achievable sustainability and environment standards.

The new facility is being custom-designed to Servelec Control’s specification and will incorporate 4,800 sq ft of office and meeting accommodation, with the remaining space being used for warehousing and storage.

Ronald Holden, divisional director of Servelec Controls, said: “Crombie Lodge is an outstanding location and this move will mark the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our history, following our successful management buyout earlier this year.

“We are an ambitious company and it will provide the perfect growth platform to enable us to stand alone and become more agile in our approach to our customers in critical industries, which include oil and gas, nuclear, renewable energy and defence.

“We appreciate the support we have received from Moorfield, to secure and develop a bespoke facility, designed specifically with our business needs firmly in mind.”

Speaking on behalf of the parks’ owner, Moorfield Real Estate Fund III Mark Holmes, head of asset management at Moorfield Group added:
“We have a long-term relationship with Ronald and the team at Servelec Controls and were keen to work closely with them on the design and development of the new facility at Crombie Lodge.

“It is clear that our commitment to an ongoing programme of improvement and refurbishment across both parks ensures that Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks remain in demand from discerning occupiers across Aberdeen and the North East.”

Knight Frank and Ryden are joint agents.

ICR Apprentice Scoops Gold Award

Huge congratulations go to Rob Mitchell of ICR, who won the Apprentice Award at the Press & Journal Gold Awards.

Rob graduated from Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with distinction and joined ICR in June 2017 as a trainee Offshore Technician.

After just four months with the company, Rob joined the newly launched ICR Graduate Scheme.

On winning the award Rob said “ICR is a fast paced, rapidly evolving business and to be recognised so early in the company’s growth and development is hugely rewarding.”

ICR was also shortlisted in Small Company of the Year.

Hydro Group wins Queen’s Award

Energy Park occupier, Hydro Group has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade.

Managing director Doug Whyte said: “Since inception, investing in the establishment of new territorial markets has been critical to Hydro Group’s vision.

“The launch of Hydro Group Asia and Hydro Group Systems has driven our international operations to the next level, resulting in on-the-ground client support, which has driven a significant increase in overseas business.

“This has allowed us to focus efforts on further international growth, and the past 24 months have seen Hydro Group successfully develop new strategic partnerships in Australia, Denmark, Turkey, Vietnam, China, the Philippines and Indonesia.

“To receive recognition in the form of a Queen’s Award is a succinct illustration of the commitment the Hydro Group team has brought to the company’s international ambitions; we accept the honour with the utmost appreciation and pride.”

The Bridge of Don-based company employs more than 100 full-time staff globally.

New occupier – Kaseum Technology move into the Energy Development Centre

Another new occupier has agreed terms at Moorfield Group’s Aberdeen Energy Park.

Kaseum Technology Ltd has agreed a five-year lease for Units 1 and 2 at the Energy Development Centre. The units extend to just over 5,000 sq ft and the annual rental is £65,270 (£13 per sq ft). The company are specialists in the design, development and manufacture of downhole tools.

Paul Church, Managing Director of Kaseum said: “We know the Energy Park well and were keen to move here. The location, flexibility and quality of the space are precisely what we were looking for.

“The combination of R&D workshop, manufacturing and office space is the perfect fit for our needs and will help us to accelerate the design, testing and delivery of our range of intervention tools to the global oil and gas industry.”

Speaking on behalf of the parks’ owner, Moorfield Real Estate Fund III, Hugh Canham from Moorfield Group said: "Kaseum is another high calibre occupier for the Energy Park and we wish the new business every success as they grow and develop their operations here.”

Matt Park of Knight Frank in Aberdeen added: "Yet again, the Energy Park provides the perfect blend of location and specification that occupiers are seeking in the Aberdeen market."

Knight Frank and Ryden and joint agents for Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks. Kaseum was self-represented.

ICR opens new headquarters 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."

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.

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New Energy Park HQ for ICR Integrity

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.

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.