Seacore prepares for Falmouth move
One of the world's leading marine engineering companies
has received the keys to its brand new offices and workshops
at Falmouth in Cornwall.
Fugro Seacore Ltd (Seacore), currently headquartered at Gweek,
near Helston, will move to its new seven-acre site on the
Bickland Industrial Estate in September.
The move is crucial to the company's continued growth
as it pursues a range of marine drilling and construction
projects around the world.
The £6 million new premises have been invested in by
the South West of England Regional Development Agency (RDA)
and the Objective One Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles
of Scilly through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF),
and include what the company says is one of the best workshops
Seacore will lease the buildings from the South West RDA,
which presented the keys to the company this week. The company
will spend the next few months fitting the buildings out.
Richard Reed, Seacore's commercial director, said:
"Seacore is a Cornish company born and bred and we've
evolved over the years to become a world-leader in what we
do. With the support of the RDA and Objective One we will
be able to manage future expansion and keep our specialist
jobs and knowledge in Cornwall, and we're absolutely
thrilled with our new home."
Stephen Bohane, head of operations for the South West RDA
in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which has invested £3.37
million in the new premises, said: "Part of the
RDA's role is to support business growth in key sectors
such as marine and environmental technologies.
"The lack of suitable workspace in the county for
Seacore to relocate and the prohibitive costs of a private
sector development on this site meant it was right for us
to get involved. We already owned the Falmouth site and by
making this investment we have helped to ensure that the skills
and expertise of this world-class company are kept in Cornwall."
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership,
said: "Cornwall has traditionally been at the forefront
of drilling technology and Seacore continues to provide well
paid and highly skilled jobs. This is a significant investment
for the Objective One Programme and we are delighted to be
able to support projects like this to enable companies such
as Seacore face the future with confidence."
Seacore was founded in 1976 by Camborne School of Mines graduate
Robert Goodden to provide geotechnical offshore drilling services
to the oil and gas industry, working at water depths of up
to 2,000 metres.
The company then evolved into the nearshore market through
the design and construction of a series of small, easily-transportable
'jack-up' barges that are used as drill platforms
in areas where hostile sea conditions make it difficult to
use conventional barges.
Seacore designs and manufactures its own equipment depending
on what its customers require and carries out specialist marine
site investigation and sub-sea construction projects in some
of the world's most challenging environments.
The company employs 180 highly skilled staff, the vast majority
of whom are locally based, although two-thirds of the workforce
is usually scattered across the globe working on projects
for customers ranging from oil and gas companies to offshore
windfarm developers and government departments.
Seacore has developed strong links with Cornwall's
higher education sector. The company employs a significant
number of science and engineering graduates, many from the
Camborne School of Mines, and retains close links with Combined
Universities in Cornwall. The high skill level is reflected
in pay – average wages for the company as a whole are
approximately double the Cornish average.
Seacore had been looking for new premises since 2000 and
in that time its workforce has more than doubled. It is investing
£1.25 million in the move to Falmouth and is building
a specialist paint spraying facility on site, which will be
completed in September.
Its new premises include offices and a state-of-the-art workshop
with a 25-tonne crane capability. The vast majority of everything
Seacore owns – from specialist drills to six out of
its eight jack-up barges – is road transportable, so
good road links and space to manoeuvre on site are essential.
The company was acquired by Dutch group Fugro NV, the world's
largest integrated geotechnical, survey and geosciences company,
in April 2006. The deal cemented a 20 year relationship and
ensures the continuing development and prosperity of the business.
To mark the deal the company has changed its name to Fugro
Since then Seacore's specialist engineering and drilling
skills have been in strong demand from Fugro's subsidiaries
around the world, so much so that Seacore is considering setting
up a training academy in Cornwall to support the multi-national
Recent Seacore projects include the construction of drilled
pile foundations for the new Upper Forth Crossing at Kincardine
in Scotland. The £6 million project involved drilling
holes with a diameter of 3.8 metres to support a new bridge.
Seacore's largest jack-up barge, Excalibur, which weighs
3000 tonnes and can accommodate 20 staff, is currently in
Morecambe Bay drilling 1,000 metre deep bore holes to investigate
whether underground salt domes could be used to store natural
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The South West RDA was established by government in 1999
to promote the long-term economic success of the region. It
does this by working with others to give people the skills
they need, encouraging enterprise, improving infrastructure,
helping communities with regeneration and promoting the strengths
of the region.
Seacore has taken a 15-year lease on the new premises from
the South West RDA.
The South West RDA invested 3.37 million in the £6.05
million project with a further £2.68 million invested
by the Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles
of Scilly through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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