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iconsys investing £3m at new facility
As part of a £3m investment, iconsys, a Telford-based automation solutions provider and systems integrator, has purchased a 17,500 sq ft site on Stafford Park to support its planned expansion. The firm is in the process of fitting it out to be one of the region’s leading smart buildings, and expects to be fully operational by April 2021.
Backed by a £150,000 grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Marches Building Investment Grant Scheme, the company will benefit from a substantial increase in available manufacturing floorspace compared to its current site, once refurbishment is complete. The new facility will also create a technology demonstration/training area, an amphitheatre and an office of the future for agile working.
The move to new premises will create ten jobs and is part of the firm’s 2020+ growth strategy, which aims to increase turnover to £20m in five years.
Nick Darrall, managing director of iconsys, said: “Manufacturers in the UK are increasingly switching on to the benefits of automation to improve their performance and profitability and that is resulting in a number of exciting new opportunities for us. In order to cope with demand, we decided now was the right time to create a world class facility that will give us the platform to meet our current and future needs.
“Our new headquarters will be a central business core, giving staff a truly smart building that offers hot desking, an inviting tech-enabled work café, agile working and a virtual reality area where we can showcase the latest in technology.
“We will be incorporating the latest collaborative cloud-based infrastructure software to create an advanced, suitable and well-connected workforce, whereby employees are able to work either in the office or remotely with equal efficacy.”
He continued: “A lot of time and consideration has gone into creating a welcoming workspace that is conducive to a healthy work/life balance, is inclusive, accepting and that not only fosters collaboration and innovation, but also aids learning at all levels, enabling individuals to develop and grow.
“Outside the facility, solar panels will contribute to our energy requirements and there will be electric vehicle charging points to support sustainable transport. A large part of our 3.8 acre site is made up of mature woodland, which we will look to conserve and nurture to help offset carbon emissions and sustain wildlife.
“We’ve appointed Forster Tullett as the main contractor and are working with Base Architecture and workspace design agency iDEA to make our vision a reality. We expect to be in the building and fully operational by April 2021.”