Leading global manufacturer Esco have become the second company to move into the R-evolution @ Gateway 36 development after completing a long-term lease of a 13,000 ft² unit.
Esco is a leading manufacturer of equipment for the laboratory, medical and healthcare markets. The company has a global footprint spanning the US, Europe and Asia and will be expanding its healthcare division from its UK base in Rotherham to the new M1 junction 36 development. The move will see the relocation of existing staff, with the creation of new jobs projected as Esco expands into its new home.
Colin Lonsdale Vice President for Esco Pharma Division said: “Esco’s Laboratory Division relocated to Barnsley over two years ago to subsequent success, making Barnsley a natural choice when the Pharma division outgrew its current location. In a very quick timeframe with the help of Knight Frank, we located the new facility which is 430 percent bigger, to meet business needs. We are very confident in continued growth and success, following suit of Esco’s other global locations.”
XiangLiang Lin, Global President of Esco Healthcare, said: “Esco GB has been incorporated into the Esco brand since 2006. We see expanding our factory in the UK as further commitment to the life sciences and healthcare industry. This will provide a base to tap into the UK’s vast network of internationally renowned universities such as University College London and its rich history in bioprocessing.
“From this base in the UK, we look forward to further supporting our broad-based life sciences and healthcare tools. To facilitate the translation of research and development into the clinic and final commercial production of small and large molecules.”
Esco is the latest company to join the R-evolution @ Gateway 36 following Swedish manufacturer Talurit UK, who were the first tenants to join the development earlier this year.
Tom Swallow, Senior Surveyor at the Sheffield office of Knight Frank, which is marketing the R-evolution development, said: “The R-evolution scheme has been designed to meet the region’s rising demand for new industrial units and shortage of quality stock. We have received a good amount of interest during the marketing period which is testament to this. As a mid-size industrial development offering modern flexible business space, it is ideal for companies wanting quality accommodation and easy access to the M1 corridor in Barnsley.”
R-evolution @ Gateway 36 is a 65,000 ft² high quality mixed use development supported by Barnsley Council’s Property Investment Fund. The fund was established in 2014 to encourage new speculative commercial developments to accommodate expanding local businesses and inward investing companies within the borough.
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “We are very pleased to welcome Esco to R- evolution @Gateway. The Property Investment Fund which supported the development has had great success in attracting economic growth to the borough and will help to create 298 jobs.
“The second stage of the fund will launch later this year and will work towards our wider plans to bolster confidence in the industrial property market within Barnsley. Helping to assist in bringing further development into the borough.”
Matthew Gladstone Executive Director for Place said: “We are delighted Esco have chosen Barnsley as the place to expand their UK base. R-evolution @ Gateway 36 is playing a vital role in attracting new businesses and helping to expand economic growth in the borough.”
David Travis, Business Space Director at Harworth Group plc, said: “Esco’s decision to relocate leaves just two available new units, one of 75,000 ft², the other at 22,000 ft² to let at Gateway 36. With high quality space for small and medium-sized businesses close to the motorway network at a premium in the region, we look forward to welcoming other businesses to Gateway 36 in forthcoming months.”