Marine tech specialist secures new Aberdeen base

MARINE technology and aquaculture firm OTAQ Group has agreed a five-year lease at Crombie Lodge, on Moorfield Group’s Aberdeen Innovation Park, for its new business base.

Crombie Lodge is currently undergoing a reconfiguration and refurbishment programme to deliver 12,000 sq ft of commercial space. OTAQ is the second tenant to take space in the building, joining systems integration specialist Servalec Controls.

The new space has been refurbished to OTAQ’s specification and comprises office and meeting accommodation, along with storage, laboratory and engineering space, with roller shutter doors.

The company is upsizing from a small suite in the neighbouring James Gregory Centre as part of an expansion programme, which has included the acquisition and integration of Link Subsea into the group.

The new office will initially house eight staff, with OTAQ looking to recruit additional engineering and business development staff from this April.

Chris Hyde, OTAQ’s chief commercial officer said, “Our business is developing rapidly and we needed more substantial space to facilitate our expansion programme. We reviewed a number of locations in the area before making our decision. Crombie Lodge offers an outstanding location and provides our staff with a superb sustainable working environment, along with generous car parking space.”

Hugh Canham from Moorfield Group (on behalf of the parks’ owner, Moorfield Real Estate Fund III) added, “We’ve worked closely with OTAQ on the refurbishment programme and Crombie Lodge will give the company the ideal base to grow and develop. Only three units totalling circa 3,000 sq ft remain available at Crombie Lodge and it is clear that our sustainable refurbishment programme is proving popular with occupiers in the area.”

The programme of works at Crombie Lodge, which is being managed by architect Cooper & MacGregor, includes upgrades to the building exterior, along with the reconfiguration of the entire building, including reception and shared areas.