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The UK’s leading regeneration specialist, St. Modwen, has announced its Centre 38 scheme in Barton has been selected as the European hub for a global manufacturing company, which has purchased a 35,278 sq ft light industrial unit at the Staffordshire business park for £1.75 million.

International Piping Products (IPP Group) is the latest tenant to relocate to St. Modwen’s Centre 38 development, with the 125-acre business park on the A38 already home to occupiers including Argos, Bombardier, Intier and Pirelli. IPP Group was founded to meet the piping requirements of the gas, petrochemical and oil industries; and it has a reputation for specialist piping supplies within short fast-track lead times.

Following a move which has brought together two teams previously based in Staffordshire and Derby, IPP Group now has a 50-strong workforce based at new high quality premises at Centre 38. The business park is in a prime position fronting the A38, midway between Lichfield and Burton on Trent. Jared Ayres, group managing director of IPP, explains why a first class location is key to the ongoing growth of the business.

Jared said: “IPP has built its reputation on being able to manufacture approved quality products within short delivery timescales, and when we were looking to relocate from our previous premises it was incredibly important to select a European base that was well connected to the national and international communications network. Centre 38 met with our very specific requirements, and bringing both the Staffordshire and Derby operations under one roof enables us to improve synergy and communications across the business and to ultimately improve customer efficiency.

“IPP has a presence as far afield as the USA and Singapore, and the European facility plays a part in the overall growth strategy of the parent company. Investing in a high specification manufacturing and distribution unit ensures we can continue to provide the very best service to our clients and can continue to benefit from being one of the few fitting manufacturers to achieve the sought-after NORSOK M650 approval. Our move also ensures we have a quality working environment which befits the specialist nature of our business and our highly trained employees.”

Centre 38 is the latest phase of St. Modwen’s Barton Business Park. Having been completed in 2009, Centre 38 has established a wide appeal in the regional commercial property marketplace and just one unit of 30,701 sq ft is now remaining, suitable for distribution-warehouse space or manufacturing. Available to let or for purchase, the unit has a highly prominent location fronting onto the A38 with four dock level doors and a large secure yard.

Jonathan Green, development surveyor for St. Modwen, said: “Over previous months, Centre 38 has continued to grow in popularity and has become widely known as thriving Staffordshire business park location. St. Modwen has had a consistent level of enquiries for these well-located, large scale units and we have defied the challenges of the current economic climate in matching all but one of the units to occupiers. This recent performance is not only testament to the quality offering at Centre 38, it also demonstrates how well Staffordshire’s business community continues to fare into 2010.”

Elsewhere in Staffordshire, just two units of around 8,000 sq ft are remaining at St. Modwen’s Stretton Business Park. Situated to the north of Burton on Trent, two miles from the town centre and just half a mile from the A38/A50 corridor, Stretton Business Park is a 4.2 acre scheme comprising a range of new industrial/ warehouse units available to let.