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New addition to our property portfolio secures base for growing business PaR Systems at Lillyhall

BEC has expanded and diversified its property portfolio with the acquisition of Unit 1, Joseph Noble Road – an industrial unit at Lillyhall.  The unit will be home to growing business PaR Systems who specialise in automated handling systems. 

BEC Chief Executive, Michel Pemberton celebrated the new purchase: “We continue to reinvest our profits in our local area, encouraging and enabling regeneration. Snapping up the premises on Joseph Noble Road was a great fit for us as we are keen to expand the range of properties we can offer to provide better accommodation options for ambitious businesses locally.”

“We wanted to create an opportunity to enable developing organisations access to fit-for-purpose modern space,” added BEC Head of Development, Rob Miller. “This, in turn, creates employment and supply chain development for our area – it’s win-win.”

The site will now be refurbished to meet the needs of PaR Systems, a global leader in automated handling systems. Downstairs offices in the space will be converted into workshops for mechanical and electrical assembly and a manipulator re-build workshop. Changes to the site will see the installation of manipulator systems and specialised overhead cranes, which are essential for larger projects such as nuclear crane manufacture and testing.

PaR Systems (PaR) opened a facility at Seascale in 2011 to directly support the remote handling systems it has supplied to Sellafield. The new facility at Lillyhall is part of a long-term investment PaR has committed to in the UK, including support for a variety of customers in the nuclear industry.

John McGibbon, UK Managing Director of PaR Systems commented: “The new facility at Lillyhall is critical to our growth. We needed a new location to continue our expansion in the UK; and working with BEC we have found the right home in West Cumbria. We look forward to sharing more with the community about our growth plan in the coming weeks and months.”

Our Head of Developments, Rob Miller (pictured) at Unit 1 Joseph Noble Road at Lillyhall with new occupiers PaR Systems. From left to right - Daren Pietsch (President of PaR Marine), Rob Miller (Head of Developments at BEC), John McGibbon (PaR UK Managing Director), Mark Wrightsman (PaR Systems LLC President and CEO) and Mike Williamson (PaR MST Director of Programmes).