International engineering business Renishaw has acquired a large research and development facility in York, UK in a multi-million pound deal.
Redwood House, a 20,000 sq ft purpose-built property at Northminster Business Park has been sold to Renishaw along with its site by Northminster Ltd. The two-storey research and development facility was commissioned by eye-safe laser measurement company, Measurement Devices Ltd. (MDL), a subsidiary of the Renishaw Group.
Northminster Ltd started development and planning work on the property on spare land adjacent to MDL's existing 6,000 sq ft headquarters at Acer House, Hackness Road in 2010. According to Northminster Ltd managing director, George Burgess, they worked closely with MDL to deliver exactly what they required.
The new MDL facility, which has a ‘very good' BREEAM rating, benefits from air source heat pumps and heat recovery system, rainwater harvesting and movement detection lighting in addition to 55 car parking spaces including two electric car-charging points and ten vehicle car-sharing spaces, all above a sustainable drainage system. Ecological features will include bird nesting boxes, semi-mature trees and a thousand shrubs and plants.
Renishaw's group manufacturing services director, Gareth Hankins, who worked with Northminster on the development commented that Northminster went the extra mile to see that the building was completed to specifications on time and within budget.
MDL managing director, Elaine Ball says that the new facility will support their growth plans for many years to come.
The 18-acre Northminster Business Park, a former distribution facility, was acquired in 1995 and has been developed to become the base for more than 40 local, national and international businesses employing a total of 500 staff.
Renishaw Oceania represents the Renishaw Group in Australia.