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Kimal prepares to move in to £13m unit at Worcester Six

L-R: Jane Harrison, Director of Asset Management, Liberty Property Trust; Gary Woodman, Chief Executive, Worcestershire LEP; Cllr Dr Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member responsible for Economy and Infrastructure, Worcestershire County Council; Mark Pettitt, Chief Executive Officer, Kimal; Cllr Richard Morris, Deputy Leader of Wychavon District Council & Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth and Tourism and Gerard Ludlow, Director at Stoford

A leading manufacturer and supplier of products for the healthcare sector is starting 2019 on a high note after taking delivery of its new £13m headquarters at Worcester Six.

Kimal PLC is planning to move to the 140,000 sq ft unit in February after Stoford Developments delivered the design-and-build and completed practical completion on time and budget.

The handover means the company will now begin to move 77 staff from its Droitwich base into the new unit and will also retain two other centres in Bromsgrove and Uxbridge, where a further 250 staff are located.

Gerard Ludlow, Director at Stoford Developments, said: “This is another milestone reached in the progress of Worcester Six and we are very pleased to sign off practical completion on this building for the international firm.

“The calibre of tenants at the development demonstrates that this is a world-class location for high-tech and innovative businesses. 2018 saw a number of exciting announcements about tenants and this year we will continue to develop and market further first-class units.  We are expecting to make another announcement during early 2019.”

Alan Press, Chairman of Kimal, said: “We are most excited to be completing our wonderful new headquarters at Worcester Six. This 140,000 sq ft is actually our seventh logistics site in Worcestershire having outgrown the previous six over the last 28 years and is a testament to the continued success of the Kimal team. We cannot wait to be in occupation.”

Real estate company Liberty Property Trust acquired the building last year from Stoford Developments, the third industrial unit in its Worcester Six portfolio.

Jane Harrison, Director at Liberty Property Trust, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Kimal plc to our building and working with them to facilitate their future business growth at Worcester Six.”

Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, Councillor Ken Pollock, said: “It’s great to see this hugely successful Worcestershire company expand into this ideally located business park. We are seeing more local firms expanding than ever before and new businesses making the move to Worcestershire, both helping to keep our economy thriving.”

In 2018, Stoford Developments announced that Siemens, Spire Healthcare and Kohler Mira would all be taking facilities at Worcester Six. Once fully developed, Worcester Six will provide 1.5 million sq ft of accommodation.