Surface Technology, a specialist in high performance treatments for the oil and gas sector and part of Norman Hay plc, has agreed a long-term lease on Block J at Moorfield Group’s Westway Park in Renfrew.
This news was welcomed by Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, during a visit to Westway on Friday 20 November, together with Councillor Alexander Murrin and Councillor Margaret Devine and officials.
Surface Technology’s 30,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility was opened 18 months ago in response to a growing demand for turnkey supply options for larger more complex components used within the deep-water offshore oil and gas industry.
Continued growth within the business, including recently securing more than £1 million of new business contracts has created 12 new jobs and scope for additional investment. The existing 45 ft. curing oven, which is the largest of its kind in the UK, is being extended to 60 ft, accompanied by a 45 ft blasting room and a 100 ft crane.
Councillor Macmillan said: “Renfrewshire has much to offer expanding businesses. It is encouraging to see so many flourishing here at Westway and to appreciate Surface Technology’s facilities as well as the jobs and economic growth it is bringing to the area.
“As part of £273m of Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal investments, a new bridge is planned that will link Westway to the Glasgow Airport Investment Area, making this an even better business location. City Deal, together with our local regeneration strategies, and the vital commitment of businesses will put Renfrewshire at the very heart of the region’s economy.”
Allan Marshall, Operations Manager at Surface Technology said: “Our Westway site has given us a fantastic platform to grow and develop our business for the longer-term. It has given us flexibility, in terms of size and capacity, adding new business benefits and contract wins.”
Mark Holmes, from park owner Moorfield Group added: “We are committed to an active investment strategy at the park with the aim of helping existing occupiers, like Surface Technology to grow and develop. Our confidence in the quality product offering has been rewarded with almost 100,000 sq ft of new occupier deals in the last six months.”
“Renfrewshire Council has always been very supportive of our development, including the dock launch earlier this year and we look forward to working together as the City Deal projects develop. City Deal has the potential to facilitate further development and encourage more new occupiers to consider locating and expanding in the area.”
During the visit, the Councillors also toured the park and viewed refurbished units and the dock facility, which offers an alternative transport solution for business involved in the engineering, renewable and heavy manufacturing sectors. They also received presentations on the Westway development strategy from Mark Holmes and an overview of property market in Renfrewshire and the West of Scotland from joint agent, Andrew McCracken of JLL.
Bilfinger GVA and JLL are joint agents at Westway Park.