DeepOcean to make Darlington’s Feethams House its new North-East HQ

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DeepOcean has reaffirmed its commitment to the region after it reached agreement with Darlington Council to locate its UK headquarters in the new Feethams House development.

The global subsea services company will move from its existing premises in the town to the new development in the coming months, continuing the company’s 27-year association with Darlington.

It has taken the entire top floor of Feethams House, covering over 7000 sq ft.

Employing over 100 specialists in the town, DeepOcean also has a centre of engineering expertise and offshore maintenance facility in Blyth, Northumberland.

DeepOcean is highly active in offshore energy markets, particularly oil & gas, offshore wind as well as subsea internet cables.

DeepOcean undertakes complete engineering and marine works solutions for large subsea cable projects associated with offshore wind farms, as well as providing inter country links, such as the recently installed Nemo cable which provides two percent of the UK’s electricity by connecting the UK and Belgium.

Feethams House will also provide a base for DeepOcean’s subsea trenching and seabed intervention division, Enshore, with staff working between Darlington and its facility at the Port of Blyth in the development, maintenance and operation of the world’s most advanced fleet of underwater trenching vehicles.

Enshore is also pioneering the development of technology to harvest subsea minerals, which will play a vital role in sourcing clean metals for batteries in the latest generation of electric vehicles.

Feethams House is an £8.5m office complex in the heart of Darlington town centre.

The five-storey building, adjacent to the DL1 leisure complex, has been funded by Darlington Council, the Tees Valley mayor and combined authority and the European Regional Development Fund.

The Grade A standard building offers accommodation for small and medium businesses in the professional services, digital and creative fields. Work on the 30,000sq ft building is scheduled to be completed by spring.

Pierre Boyde, managing director of Enshore, said: “The North East continues to grow in strategic importance for DeepOcean and Enshore, and this new office will support the continued development of our activities.

“We have always benefited from the excellent talent pool in Darlington and the wider North East and this new office will also further help us attract people to work at DeepOcean from beyond the region.

“Feethams House provides a long-term, sustainable location from which to grow our business and will allow us to also continue to benefit from Darlington’s excellent transport links, which very much supports both our domestic and international operations.”

Darlington MP Peter Gibson added: “I very pleased that DeepOcean has chosen to locate its UK headquarters in what I’m sure will become a thriving business hub for our town.

“Feethams House is a first-class development in the heart of Darlington. Its state-of-the-art, energy efficient, attractive facilities are conveniently located, and well appointed, giving us, as a town, the opportunity to attract new job creating businesses to the area.”

  • Pictured above: Back row (left to right) Cllr Heather Scott, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, Peter Gibson MP; front row (left to right) Simon Hounsome (DeepOcean Subsea Cables) and Pierre Boyde (Enshore).

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