EPIROC DEAL BREATHES LIFE INTO GRANGEMOUTH

International specialist in drilling product design and supply, Epiroc, has strengthened its presence with a move to new industrial premises at Bellair’s Grangemouth site.

The lease deal sees Epiroc relocate from several different locations in Stirling to one fully modernised warehouse with office accommodation, design, distribution and supply facilities in South Lumley Street. The company is now operating from 45,000 sq ft premises.

Bellair took over the prominent 0.74 hectare site, which had previously operated as a knitwear factory, four years ago. An intensive 18-month refurbishment programme was undertaken to return the site to use with significant external aesthetic improvements, the design and installation of a new roof, new electrically operated doors, concrete flooring and upgraded security and drainage systems.

This move marks an exciting period of transition for Epiroc as a company, formally part of the Atlas Copco Group and originating from the Mining and Rock Excavation Technique and the Hydraulic Attachment Tools divisions of Atlas Copco. Epiroc celebrated its floatation on the Nasdaq Stockholm in June and its full independence and separation from the Atlas Copco Group.

The lease deal with Swedish-based Epiroc represents a significant boost for the Grangemouth area, home to one of Scotland’s largest petrochemical complexes.

Colin Campbell, Director of Bellair (Scotland) Limited, said:

“We’re delighted to have brought this prominent warehouse space back to life with all of the benefits that brings to the local economy with the addition of over 30 jobs to the area.

“We look forward to seeing Epiroc settle and continue to grow in their new base.”

Councillor David Alexander, spokesperson for Economic Development at Falkirk Council, added:

“It is really encouraging to see vacant industrial properties brought back into life to create new employment opportunities. Its particularly pleasing to see this investment taking place here in Grangemouth and I’m delighted to see the joint work of Epiroc and Bellair realising such success. We look forward to seeing the company grow in the future and help in boosting the local economy.”

Bellair was represented in the deal by agents JLL, DM Hall and Montagu Evans. Andrew McCracken of JLL, concluded:

“This is a great deal for our client and for Epiroc, but also for Grangemouth as the whole. Here we have another fantastic occupier to really push the diversity of tenants in the area. My client saw a great opportunity to bring this building back to a lettable condition. They’ve achieved a rate of £4.50 per square foot and have done a great job on the refurbishment, resulting in this letting.”

Epiroc was represented by G&S.