Details have been revealed of a major investment programme at Wilton Centre – the home of business and science on Teesside.
Nearly £2m is being spent on a new reception, entrance area and main restaurant at the 75-acre site near Redcar. There will also be another new restaurant and collaboration space near the Technical Development Area.
Jeroen Houtzager, director of Trinity Investment Management – which owns Wilton Centre and four other UK science parks – said: “One of the major strengths of this network of parks, which we call the Knowledge Factory, is the relationships between businesses. We have listened to our tenants who said that collaboration and breakout spaces are a major benefit to their staff.
“At the same time, more and more people are working flexibly, so to meet their requirements we are providing a number of hot desks in the new reception area.”
Flexibility is also evident in the plans for the new main restaurant which, when not catering for occupiers and their visitors, can be turned into a multi-functional events area.
“There’s been an extremely positive reaction from our occupiers,” said Mr Houtzager. “They already enjoy a number of benefits at Wilton Centre, including the use of a really well-equipped gym, meeting rooms, a lecture theatre, on-site security and abundant parking.”
Claire Morton, accommodation manager at Wilton Centre, said: “We have remained open during Covid and up to 50 per cent of our occupiers have continued to come here in a safe way. The work is due to be finished in early summer and the timing is ideal as the remainder of our tenants who have been working from home come back to the office.”
Wilton Centre hosts a number of global multi-national scientific companies and is also increasingly becoming a destination for local businesses based on Teesside, due to its great facilities, ample parking and ability to meet flexible space demands for companies on site.
“Businesses providing professional services have recognised the appeal of being based here. They’ve got potential clients on their doorstep and they’re based in the heart of one of the UK’s most vibrant industrial areas, which is likely to become even more active in the wake of this month’s Budget announcements,” said Stephen Brown, senior partner with commercial property agents Dodds Brown.
“Flexible office space is also a massive appeal, allowing growth to scale-up when a contract is won.”
Techconsult, a recruitment specialist for the science, technology and engineering sectors, moved to Wilton Centre in 2006.
“It’s the logical place to be – in the heart of the industry we’re supplying,” said operations director Sarah Taylor. “And this area is just going to go from strength to strength.
“As an occupier, we will see the benefits of the investment in Wilton Centre. In particular, as a small business the reception area will really help create a great first impression for our customers.”
Lynas Engineers, a civil engineering and structural engineering design consultancy, came to Wilton Centre more than four years ago to be close to potential sources of work.
“There are a lot of businesses based in the building and close by as well, so there’s a really good network,” said managing director Rob Lynas.
His company has grown and because of the availability of space at Wilton Centre, he did not have to devote resources to a move.
“We’re in our fourth office here,” he said. “We started off in a two-person office, then very quickly a slightly bigger one and then we moved into an office next door for a while before we moved into where we are now about two-and-a-half years ago.”
If you are interested in making Wilton Centre the home for your business contact Claire Morton on 01642 438050 or firstname.lastname@example.org