Gas detection specialist Crowcon today celebrated the official ground breaking for its new 40,000 square foot facility at the prestigious Milton Park in Didcot, UK.
Having outgrown its current headquarters location in Abingdon, the Milton Park facility will house all existing functions as well as provide extensive customer training and product demonstration facilities, an additional 30% of manufacturing space and a full service calibration laboratory.
As he took charge of the first shovel-load of earth at the site, Mike Ophield, Managing Director of Crowcon, said: “Following two years of planning I am really delighted to see this facility reach the ground breaking stage. I would like to thank the combined team from Crowcon and MEPC for bringing us so smoothly to this exciting first step”.
“As we are an international company, we are fortunate that Milton Park is both a hub for science and innovation and an excellent location with great transport links”, Mike continued. “But, in selecting a site, it was also very important for us to find a location where we could retain our highly-valued workforce and continue our commitment to local employment. As Milton Park is only five miles from our current location we are pleased to have achieved this. With this investment we are demonstrating our confidence in the future of the Crowcon gas detection business worldwide.”
Andrew Barlow, Commercial Director at MEPC, added: “This is great news for Oxfordshire’s growth story. We have worked closely with Crowcon to design a bespoke building which will combine modern production facilities alongside contemporary office accommodation. Together with the first-class setting and amenities on the Park, the new premises will provide an excellent environment for staff and visitors alike. This is part of an exciting development programme already underway on Milton Park’s Enterprise Zone land.”
Completion and relocation of current staff and equipment is anticipated during the fourth quarter of 2014.
About Milton Park and MEPC
Milton Park is home to 6,800 people and over 200 organisations. MEPC is the long-term owner, manager and developer of Milton Park and, with its team located on-site, it is committed to delivering the highest level of service for its customers. For more information, please contact the MEPC team on 01235 865555 or visit the website at www.miltonpark.co.uk.