Go-ahead granted for Penrith industrial scheme 

Robotic engineering solutions company Barrnon has won approval from Eden Council for a 72,000 sq ft research and development centre on a seven-acre site off Mile Lane. 

The complex, designed by Yam Architects, features a 44,000 sq ft research facility, 20,000 sq ft of offices and a 7,700 sq ft reception and media centre. 

Barrnon will use the Penrith facility as its headquarters, relocating from Appleby Business Park. 

The company creates machinery specifically designed to function in harsh environments. Many of its products are targeted at the nuclear industry and aim to support decommissioning projects. 

Barrnon has contracts in the pipeline that will require a doubling of its workforce over the space of the next few years, according to planning consultant Addis Town Planning. 

The firm’s current head office is “difficult to get to and is poorly served by public transport”, Addis added. 

Barrnon is also the parent company of Barrnon Media, the owner of several news outlets including the Cumberland & Westmorland Herald and Cumbria Crack. 

Barrnon Media will occupy a portion of the office space within the new development. 

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