Safehouse expands in Great Yarmouth

Eighteen months after establishing a Great Yarmouth office, business is so brisk for Safehouse Habitats that it has invested significantly with a move to new larger premises in order to meet the growing demand for its services.

Over the next two years the Dundee-based company expects to create up to 10 new jobs in the town and further extend its safety engineering work into the oil & gas and petrochemicals market.

Already it has won contracts for work on platforms in the Southern North Sea and at terminals such as Bacton and Easington with its pioneering habitats enclosed and pressurised fire retardant canopies which allow safe welding and other hot working even near hydrocarbons and hazardous material.

We ve had tremendous support from the region and some significant companies, including AMEC and ODE, since I set up the Great Yarmouth office last year, said Andrew Cossey, Safehouse business development and operations engineer.

We ve picked up enough work to justify moving into a new, bigger unit where we can store, assemble and demonstrate our products. That will mean more jobs over the next two years for technicians, project engineers, warehouse and admin.

James Gray, inward investment director for EEEZ (the East of England Energy Zone), welcomed the success of Safehouse. Companies from other parts of the UK can see the value of investing in our region with its vast potential and position at the heart of so many valuable assets from oil & gas through to wind-power and new nuclear.

It s an interest which is coming not just from the UK but from northern Europe and the Far East.

Safehouse Habitats was launched 10 years ago and the Dundee HQ employs more than 100 people serving international outlets as well as Scotland and northern England.

We ve now focused on the East of England because of the region s potential 50bn investment in offshore and onshore businesses, said Cossey.

The move into the unit at Hewett Road, Gapton Hall, is part of a long-term plan and eventually we hope Great Yarmouth will become a standalone operation.

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Safehouse expands in Great Yarmouth

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