3M BIC expands office and lab space

Published 14th Dec 2020 by Emma Sinfield

The 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC) in Huddersfield has just completed a building project to increase its number of office and lab spaces for companies wanting to become a part of the 3M BIC business community.

Renovation work to the first and second floors started in August 2020 and finished in October 2020, creating five new offices and two/three laboratories. AHR (Architects) and Lodestone Projects were commissioned by 3M BIC and the University of Huddersfield to undertake the work.

Other local companies contracted as part of the project, included HCIP, Crowther and Shaw, Castles, Nicholson, MJG and Fresco.

Adjustments were also made to areas of the building to accommodate a dedicated space for the industrial Nikon Metrology grade X-CT machine. The 3M BIC’s X-CT machine can see inside various structures made of metals, composites and even investigating bones.

The deadline to rehouse, reconfigure and refurbish was seven weeks. In that time, two new apprentices joined the Lodestone team and contributed to the decoration and fit-out stages of the project. Covid safety rules were also followed, with over 10 litres of hand sanitiser used.

3M BIC’s CEO, Sue Cooke, said: “Before the first lockdown we had put plans in place to maximise the space at the 3M BIC and provide more labs and offices in response to an increase in demand for rooms at the centre.

“The new offices and labs provide a rare opportunity for businesses to become part of the 3M BIC community, whether they are aspiring start-ups, sole traders with innovative ideas, or companies seeking a Covid-secure space to accommodate their staff.”

All office and lab leases include business rates, energy and utilities, ultra-fast high-speed fibre broadband (up to 300 mbps as standard), telephony (t’s and c’s apply), reception services, office cleaning and kitchen facilities.

For more information on the new available spaces at the 3M BIC, click here or contact the team on 01484 505601.


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