Monday, 19 January 2009

Birchwood Park Welcomes Back UKAEA

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority is returning to Birchwood Park 10 years after it sold the site to property giant MEPC. This exciting return further boosts the growing nuclear component that is developing at Warrington’s leading business park.

UKAEA’s local team is moving from Warrington’s Cinnamon Park to the award winning Bridgewater Place development at Birchwood Park. Bridgewater Place will facilitate UKAEA’s anticipated expansion; its 20 strong team of nuclear consultants expected to double in size as business continues to grow. John Anderson, head of UKAEA’s Assurance Services Group, said: "We are looking forward to being back in Birchwood Park, there is a good nuclear industry community there and it will bring us into closer touch with our customers. There’s also something satisfying about being back in the place which helped UKAEA first establish its international reputation, which we are now continuing."

UKAEA’s return coincides with significant expansions for three existing Park occupiers operating within the nuclear industry

Tenet Consultants, provider of control, electrical and instrumentation design services, is tripling the size of its premises, following several major contract wins. Located at Birchwood Park since 2006, the company is undergoing its second expansion within Thompson House. Said Mike Thirsk, managing director of Tenet Nuclear: "Birchwood Park offers a flexible approach to leases and a wide range of options to accommodate our needs. This has enabled us to expand on site without the inconvenience of relocation and the option to expand further as the business grows."

Fircroft, a global recruitment company for specialist industries including nuclear, is almost trebling the size its premises at Birchwood Park as it establishes a new international recruitment centre at the park. Said Fircroft director, Ian Goddard: "After 10 years at Birchwood Park, we have seen how well it has developed in terms of facilities, number of businesses (including many of our own clients) and prestige. It made perfect sense that Birchwood Park should be the base for our new international recruitment centre."

Nuclear Engineering Services is also expanding into larger premises at Birchwood Park.

Birchwood Park’s occupants now include over 20 companies linked to the nuclear sector including Serco Assurance, AMEC Nuclear and Nuvia

MEPC Birchwood Park managing director, Jonathan Walsh said: "The Park hosts a highly diverse business community, of which the nuclear sector is a growing aspect. Firms operating within the nuclear industry have much to gain from locating at Birchwood Park, not least the sophisticated infrastructure created as it has developed as a ‘sectoral hub’. We look forward to nurturing on site the growth of this increasingly important area of the economy. We continue to welcome to the park organisations from across the economic spectrum, supporting a growing portfolio of occupiers."

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