Sparrows has invested £2million in new office and workshop facilities in Aberdeen to accommodate its rapidly-growing workforce.
The newly re-furbished Foveran House, at Denmore Road, Bridge of Don, has over 1,000 square metres of office accommodation with 635 square metres of workshop space and over 2,000 square metres of yard space and will also house Sparrows’ new specialist mechanical workshop.
Around 150 people will be based in the building with functions including project and electrical teams, supply chain and learning and development carried out.
The base was officially opened by The Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Bruce MP, on Wednesday 22 August.
Sparrows now occupies almost 30,000 square metres of premises across seven sites in Aberdeen. These are the headquarters at Seton House at Bridge of Don, together with the adjacent Scott House, Foveran House and Tern office/workshop facilities, the large Middlemuir storage base and the Sparrows Training Centre at Tyrebagger.
Strong trading figures last year, coupled with a healthy start to 2012, have led the company to create over 200 new jobs in recent months with almost 130 of those based in Aberdeen. Included in this is the recruitment of nine apprentices and 10 graduates during the summer.
The facilities provided at Foveran House will enable Sparrows to continue its growth in personnel. At the same time the specialist mechanical workshop will provide top-end facilities reinforcing the company’s place as one of the world’s leading lifting and mechanical handling services.
Doug Sedge, chief executive officer of Sparrows, said: “The buoyant global offshore market and our extremely robust order book have given us the confidence to invest significantly in existing and new premises. Foveran House offers more space to house our rapidly expanding workforce. Our new recruits are bolstering our existing team to work on new and existing contracts and helping us gear up capacity for further new business.
Our healthy figures and forecasts have placed us in an enviable position and this, combined with recent investment in people, premises and processes, help us become an employer and supplier of choice.”