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Viper Innovations agrees lease for larger base at Aberdeen Innovation Park

Subsea technology and engineering company, Viper Innovations is set to expand its Aberdeen operations at the Innovation Park.

The award-winning company, a long-term occupier, has agreed terms to more than double its current floorspace to 2,500 sq ft at Suite A on the ground floor of Kettock Lodge on a ten-year term. The company has also retained an option on the neighbouring Suite B, which extends to 2,169 sq ft.

Viper has its head office in Portishead, near Bristol and provides cutting edge electrical cable monitoring technology for global industries across the world, including subsea and rail. The company was previously selected by the Department for International Trade (DIT) to be an Export Champion due to its success in overseas markets.

Max Nodder, director of Viper Innovations said: “We’re a fast-paced business with growth aspirations, so we needed a location which would give us the space to grow, as well providing continuity for our staff. We’ve been based in Bridge of Don for the past eleven years and were keen to remain here – it’s a great location for our business and staff.”

Mark Holmes, head of asset management at Moorfield Group added: “We’ve worked closely with Viper to conclude this deal and are thrilled to see them expand here at the Innovation Park.”

Matt Park, associate from joint agent Knight Frank said: “This letting is one of several successes that have been achieved at the Energy & Innovation Parks over the last year. It reinforces both the quality of the space available and the customer-focussed approach taken by Moorfield to attract and retain occupiers.”

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

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Offshore Europe 2019

We exhibited at Offshore Europe 2019, on Stand 2K60, part of the Scottish Development International pavilion in Hall 2.

We were delighted that so many people were able to visit us at the event, which was held from Tuesday 3 to Friday 6 September at the new exhibition and conference centre.

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Servelec Controls set to expand operations at Aberdeen Innovation Park

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. Works are currently making good progress, with completion scheduled for this Autumn. 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 for Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks.

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Rapid expansion sees Scotland’s first virtual marketing consultancy open office at the Innovation Park

Start-up business Prospect 13 announced the opening of an office in Aberdeen’s Innovation Park following a string of contract wins

Aberdeen based virtual marketing support company, Prospect 13, began trading in August 2018 and today announced the opening of an office as a result of expansion and increased staff. The new office supports the company’s vision to create a collaborative working environment as it continues to strengthen and grow their strategic marketing support offering.

A one-year lease has been signed for a five-desk serviced office at the James Gregory Centre in Aberdeen Innovation Park in Bridge of Don. The growing team has now settled into the recently renovated facilities providing a strong base to continue building the subscription-based business.

Founded by Managing Director, Cerri McDonald, following redundancy from the Oil & Gas sector last year, Prospect 13 works with small, local organisations to deliver on-demand access to a wide range of marketing services. With a drive and passion for helping companies get heard in busy, competitive markets, Prospect 13 has a modern approach to outsourced marketing, through an affordable customised subscription service. The company works closely with clients to bring strategic marketing vision and insights and delivers a hands-on specialised service that is tailored to suit specific business and growth challenges.

In just nine months following start-up, with a growing team of three and an expanding client base, Prospect 13 offers an ideal service for companies with no internal marketing skills or a larger organisation with limited or over stretched marketing resource. The subscription-based service is suitable for all businesses and budgets and provides the ability to tap into a range of specialist marketing support activities on a flexible, ongoing basis using an experienced virtual marketing professional.

Cerri McDonald said: “I am thrilled to move into our first office and bring my highly skilled team together in such a respected business environment. I am confident this new base will bring significant benefits to our clients and also support our own growth strategy. We are currently supporting a diverse range of clients and are delighted to be working with thriving businesses across the region. Prospect 13’s success so far has been extremely fast paced and our approach to outsourced marketing has received fantastic feedback across a variety of sectors including Education, Food & Drink, Professional Services, IT, Events, Travel Management and Oil & Gas. This is an exciting time and the contract wins are a testament to the hard work and quality service being delivered. I look forward to working closely with an array of successful businesses providing peace of mind that their marketing is being managed by experienced professionals that become part of their team”.

Mark Holmes, head of asset management with Moorfield Group added: “We are delighted that Cerri has chosen the James Gregory Centre for her new and expanding business. Prospect 13 is an excellent addition to the impressive entrepreneurial occupier mix we have in our serviced office space around the Innovation Park and we wish her every success.”

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High Five – Moorfield Group’s serviced office solution at James Gregory Centre attracts new occupiers

Five more serviced office deals have recently been concluded at the James Gregory Centre on Aberdeen Innovation Park:

LAR Housing Trust, an independent housing charity, has relocated its Aberdeen office to Unit 23 on a three-year lease. The Fife-based charity was set-up in 2015 to build around 1,000 quality homes at affordable rents across Scotland. LAR already has an extensive portfolio of developments in Aberdeen, including Kingswells, Cove, Mugiemoss, Shaw Road and Park Road.

Northstone (NI) Limited, a leading construction and building materials group, headquartered in Dunmurry, Belfast has just set-up an Aberdeen base at Units 14 and 16. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of CHR plc, which is the second largest building materials company in the world. Northstone operating divisions include Farrans, Northstone Materials and CUBIS Systems. Locally, the company is engaged with the A96 road contract and requires the office as a base to manage this contract.

Garrick Group Limited, an entrepreneurial Aberdeen-based oil services company, has taken occupancy at Unit 24. The company was established mid-2018 by brothers Douglas and Ronald Garrick. Ronald was formerly chief executive of drilling waste and environmental services company TWMA.

Smart Asset Integrity Solutions BV, a Dutch-owned independent operation that specialises in asset integrity, 3D laser scanning and inspection services has established its first base in Aberdeen. Smart, headquartered in the southern Netherlands, has taken occupancy of Unit 2.

Otaq Group, a highly innovative marine technology company, is expanding operations into Aberdeen and has agreed terms on Unit 15. Otaq has developed a unique ultrasonic transmission device which creates an acoustic “fence” of protection for the marine aquaculture sector against seal and sea lion attacks. Otaq currently employs 15 staff from three locations – Lancaster and Oban in the UK and Puerto Montt in Chile.

Speaking on behalf of the parks’ owner, Moorfield Real Estate Fund III, Mark Holmes from Moorfield Group said:
“These deals have created a really positive buzz around the James Gregory Centre and are a strong endorsement for the flexible and cost-effective opportunities we can offer tenants on the park. Our serviced office solution is generating a lot of interest and offers occupiers the perfect base in the heart of the Innovation Park.

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 new Third Don Crossing.

Only three units remain available at the James Gregory Centre – for availability details, please contact: Cherry Paton, Parks Manager, Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks on 01224 933100.

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Appetite for success – Sheryl Newman scoops leader of the year award

Appetite for Business MD, Sheryl Newman has recently been crowned the national leader of the year at the Scottish Women in Technology awards.

Sheryl was the sole finalist based from the north of Scotland and beat off competition from industry-leading rivals to clinch the top category prize.

She said: “I’m delighted to have been recognised at these flagship awards for the value of what we bring to the table. I am passionate about sharing my experiences to help others have the opportunity to thrive and feel truly humbled to continue to play a part in encouraging more gender balance in our sector.”

Sheryl has been based at Davidson House for the past two years and we congratulate her on this well-deserved success.

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Keenan Recycling expand operations at the Innovation Park

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Scotland’s largest organic waste management company has expanded its operation in the North-east of Scotland with a six-figure investment in a second base.

Keenan Recycling, which has a recycling facility at New Deer in Aberdeenshire, has relocated its North-east headquarters to a new office in Aberdeen’s Innovation Park in the city’s Bridge of Don area.

The finance and food waste collection teams have been relocated from New Deer to the 1500 sq ft office in Davidson House as the company looks to expand its operations across the border into the north of England later this year. Eleven of Keenan’s 80 strong staff are now based in the city office and with new posts already created with the move, the company is set to further increase numbers with the 2018 growth plans.

Keenan Recycling launched its commercial food waste collection service in North-east Scotland in 2010 and now processes more than 85,000 tonnes of waste each year, transforming it into British Standards Institute accredited compost

The company, which boasts a 14-acre facility at New Deer, near Turriff, expanded its food waste collection service into the Central Belt in August 2015 and has invested £1.2m in a fleet of collection vehicles to roll out its award-winning food waste collection service to customers in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Keenan Recycling managing director, Grant Keenan, said:

“As the business has continued to expand in recent years we had started to out grow our base at New Deer as staff numbers increased so we had to begin looking at options to open another office.  The facility at Davidson House in the Aberdeen Innovation Park is ideally suited for ourfood waste management collection and finance teams.

“We have operations across the North of Scotland and the Central Belt and the Aberdeen office will become the main operation hub for the collection side of the business, while the New Deer base remains our main recycling facility for the North.  It is superb timing expanding into the city as we forge ahead with our plans to cross over the border to England in early summer.”

Keenan Recycling secured a £2.2m investment from BGF (Business Growth Fund) in 2015, which has supported the growth in the food waste collection business with more than 4000 customer sites now serviced Scotland wide. The company has ambitious plans to grow turnover to between £30m-£40m in the coming five years.

Hugh Canham, asset manager with Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks owner, Moorfield Group said:

“Keenan Recycling is a successful and evolving business which is a great addition to our impressive tenant mix at the Innovation Park. We can offer Grant and his team the service to help them grow and develop their operations further.”

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Celebrating 5 Years of EC-OG


The EC-OG team recently celebrated the company’s fifth birthday. From its inception in 2013, structured research and development has been at the core of the business.

Over the last 5 years, EC-OG has built a reputation of being at the forefront of subsea technology along with providing excellent customer service. The Subsea Power Hub is a well-known example of EC-OG’s technological innovation. Utilising underwater currents, coupled with energy storage technology, it continuously supplies electricity in remote marine environments for applications in Oil & Gas, environmental monitoring and defence.

EC-OG was originally set up with support from Business Gateway (now known as Elevator) and Scottish Enterprise, moving from a product idea to a successful company today. Scottish Enterprise have been instrumental in the continued development of EC-OG. More recently, the Oil & Gas Technology Centre have been working closely with EC-OG as a further support mechanism for the company.

There have been several examples of confidence in the company strategy and the growth potential of EC-OG. Firstly, EC-OG were identified as one of the highest growth prospects in Scotland and were invited to join the High Growth Support Unit programme within Scottish Enterprise. The company has also attracted and secured significant investment of £1.5 million from the public sector, with an additional £2.5 million of private sector funding.

EC-OG’s achievements have been recognised with several nominations and awards over the years including being a finalist at the 2016 Offshore Achievement Awards and the 2016 Subsea UK Awards. EC-OG were firstly successful in winning the Press & Journal Gold Awards New Energy Award in 2016. This was followed by the Subsea UK Small Company of the Year Award in 2017 and the Innovation Award at the Scottish Environment Business Awards in 2017.

EC-OG’s technology has been widely featured in the press including coverage by the BBC and STV as well as featuring on the front cover of the Oil & Gas Authority Technology Insights report.

Richard Knox, Managing Director at EC-OG said:

“By taking on talented individuals, we have been able to build a strong team of 25 people as well as supporting the local economy. At this birthday milestone, we are very grateful to all of those who have supported us on our journey to get to this stage. From team members, family and friends to public, private investors and of course our clients. I would like to thank them all for their contribution to our continuing success.”

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Expansion for EC-OG at Davidson House

Davidson-ECOGAnother deal has been concluded at Moorfield Group’s Aberdeen Innovation Park, with existing occupier, East Coast Oil & Gas (EC-OG) expanding operations at the recently refurbished Davidson House on Campus One.

EG-OC has signed up for an additional 1,200 sq ft at Davidson House, taking their total floorspace to 2,230 sq ft. A new four-year lease has been agreed at a rental of £20.75 per sq ft.

EC-OG provides expert engineering services for critical well barrier equipment, including wellheads, xmas trees and intervention systems. The team recently won a “VIBES” award in the Innovation category at the Scottish Environment Business Awards, for the Subsea Power Hub, a hybrid-based ocean current energy conversion system with integrated energy storage. The award recognised the company’s position at the forefront of eco-innovation.

EC-OG Commercial Director, Heather Sharkey said: “It has been a really exciting time for our team recently. We needed the additional space to diversify our business and Davidson House provides the perfect location for our expansion plans.”

Speaking on behalf of the parks’ owner, Moorfield Real Estate Fund III, Mark Holmes from Moorfield Group said: “It is great news to see EC-OG expand operations here at Aberdeen Innovation Park. We always adopt a ‘can-do’ approach and were able to offer the company a new suite which meets their needs.”

Matt Park of Knight Frank in Aberdeen, added: “Despite challenging times in the North East, we are continuing to see demand for the quality space on offer at both parks, which is evident at Davidson House.”

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

For more information on EC-OG, please visit: ec-og.com


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Visit us on Stand 2C20 at Offshore Europe

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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.