Energy services company Proserv officially opened its new purpose-built Centre of Excellence today within Great Yarmouth’s Beacon Park.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council, together with New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and key stakeholders joined Proserv at the 60,000 sq ft Artemis House – named after the site’s ‘Artemis 2G’ (A2G) subsea control system technology – to mark the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The Borough Council had invested £4.5m in the development, with an additional £1.5m coming from New Anglia LEP’s Growing Places Fund. Proserv contributed £2m towards the fit-out for their requirements and has taken a 20-year lease.
Artemis House is the largest site within Beacon Park, featuring modern offices, 25% additional manufacturing space and a yard area. There is also the ability to add a further 20,000 sq ft of workshop capacity in the future and increase office headcount.
Beacon Park is part of the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft (New Anglia) Enterprise Zone, which focuses on attracting and supporting energy-related businesses within the East of England. Great Yarmouth Borough Council, with support from New Anglia LEP, developed the site and remain landlord for the facility.
Doug Field, chair of New Anglia LEP, said: “The completion of Artemis House is great news for Proserv, its employees and the wider economy. LEP investments through our Growing Places Fund are targeted to make an impact, and this project will do exactly that. It’s further evidence of the strength of our energy coastline – within which Proserv is a key supplier and employer – and of our Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Enterprise Zone in attracting and retaining investment in the East.”
Davis Larssen, COO of Proserv, said: ““Having just began building this exceptional site a little over a year ago, I would like to thank everyone involved in helping us reach this key milestone. This opening is a new chapter for us as we consolidate more than 180 employees from our previous two sites in the area. It’s fantastic to see our workforce unite, ensuring we are well placed to not only meet customers’ expectations but exceed them, now and in the future.”
In a joint statement, the borough council’s political group leaders, Cllr Graham Plant and Cllr Trevor Wainwright, said: “This landmark HQ is a symbol of Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s partnership work as a proactive authority dedicated to supporting local investment, jobs and growth, as well as bolstering Beacon Park’s national reputation as an established energy hub and top-performing Enterprise Zone.
“Artemis House will ensure that these skilled jobs, mostly held by local people, will continue to be based within the borough, while generating rental income which is used to help support vital public services. As the developer, we would like to thank the skilled team who helped to make this important development a reality and we’re sure that Proserv’s staff will enjoy their brand new purpose-built workplace.”