BEC buys from Gen2 in Workington

Britain’s Energy Coast has bought a 10,000 sq ft industrial unit near Workington from training provider Gen2, with manufacturer PaR Systems primed to move in following a refurbishment.

The industrial space on Joseph Noble Road in Lillyhall will be fully refurbished to house handling systems manufacturer PaR, with downstairs offices converted into workshops for mechanical and electrical assembly.

Other changes to the site include the installation of specialised cranes to aid with nuclear crane manufacturing and testing.

The Gen2 site was formerly used as a training centre. BEC and Gen2 represented themselves in the deal, and the price paid by BEC has not been disclosed.

It is PaR’s second facility in the region after the firm opened a site in Seascale in 2011, where it manufactures remote handling systems for supply to Sellafield.

BEC is jointly owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Allerdale Council, Copeland Council, and Cumbria County Council.

Other investments the body has made include Westlakes Science & Technology Park, Moss Bay, and its headquarters site at Cleator Moor.

BEC chief executive, Michel Pemberton, said: “We continue to reinvest our profits in our local area, encouraging and enabling regeneration.

“Snapping up the premises on Joseph Noble Road was a great fit for us as we are keen to expand the range of properties we can offer to provide better accommodation options for ambitious businesses locally.”

John McGibbon, UK managing director of PaR Systems added: “The new facility at Lillyhall is critical to our growth. We needed a new location to continue our expansion in the UK, and working with BEC we have found the right home in West Cumbria. We look forward to sharing more with the community about our growth plan in the coming weeks and months.”

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