All but one remaining office unit has now been acquired at a Sheffield business park.
Wassenburg Medical Devices is the latest name to relocate to Smithy Wood Business Park -a 50-acre development of offices and industrial units - leaving just one of the original six office units available.
The sale of 8,000 sq ft to Wassenburg sees the company join fellow occupiers Medilink (Yorkshire and Humber) and Arthrex, leading to the emergence of a cluster of medical businesses.
The remaining occupiers at Smithy Wood are established names Kier Building Maintenance, 5m Publishing and Konica Minolta, with Konica sharing their building with Medilink.
Now Wassenburg, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of endoscope decontamination and storage products, is transferring its UK operation from an industrial estate near Rotherham to Smithy Wood.
The move, just a few miles up the M1 from its current location, means the company can retain the skills and expertise of its existing staff but also cut costs.
“As we no longer manufacture in the UK, the emphasis is more on sales and service”, said operations director Rob Salter. “This move will not only enable us to improve our training offer, which is highly-valued by the NHS, but also give us access to 4,000 sq ft of high quality office space on the first floor.’’
Earlier this year fellow Rotherham organisation Cutting & Wear took a three-acre landscaped site in the industrial section of Smithy Wood. The engineering company’s relocation to a new purpose-built 38,000 sq ft office and manufacturing plant is expected to significantly reduce the company’s carbon footprint, while also enabling Cutting & Wear to handle larger components.
Smithy Wood Business Park is a joint venture by St Pauls Developments and the Duke of Norfolk, with commercial property consultants Knight Frank and Fowler Sandford acting as agents.
Dennis Enuson, development manager at St Paul’s Developments, said: “We’re very pleased about the type of occupiers Smithy Wood continues to attract. Arthrex and Wassenburg, both global companies, chose Smithy Wood to locate their UK headquarters, while Kier Building Maintenance also opted to relocate their head office function.’’
Rebecca Schofield, associate at the Sheffield office of Knight Frank, said: “The success of Smithy Wood is down to its many positive selling points - the great location of the high specification buildings, the excellent environment and strong labour and transport links.
“Two of the three key out-of-town office transactions in Sheffield last year were at Smithy Wood – Kier Building Maintenance and 5M Publishing – and Wassenburg’s relocation shows the business park is proving just as popular in 2011.’’