Hexham-based, RED Engineering, has invested £1.3 million in a 1,300 sqm technology centre, situated close to its headquarters, which was officially opened today.

The RED Technology Centre will further reinforce the company’s growing reputation as an innovative problem solver for regional, national and international blue-chip clients operating in highly challenging, hazardous environments.

Employing 34 highly skilled staff, the new facility is a key element of the company’s growth strategy which has seen it hire six new staff over the past 12 months.

The company had previously rented space at a number of locations for its assembly and test activities. The new facility is located on the site of a former Northumberland County Council depot beside RED’s head office, Tynedale House, on Burn Lane, Hexham.

The company has self-funded the majority of the investment, together with a £136,000 grant from the Regional Growth Fund. The project included the clearance of the site and construction of an industrial unit suitable for the assembly and testing of specialist equipment and including internal units to provide additional office, amenities and storage areas.

Joe Orrell, Managing Director, said: “The purchase of this site, opposite our head office, has been a long-term goal because it will further integrate our design, build and testing process, which is crucial to the fast-track development of new technology and solutions for our clients.

“This significant investment will provide us with additional capability and resource to manage and deliver the growing number of projects we are winning. The direct benefits include overhead craneage and more space to operate new test equipment, such as a bend with tension test rig we have developed for offshore wind farm cable testing. In addition, further integration of our design, build and testing activities will help accelerate the delivery of innovation for our clients.

“The investment is great news for our customers and also sends a strong message to the local community that RED Engineering remains totally committed to our roots here in the Tyne Valley. We believe the RED Technology Centre will be a hub of engineering excellence that will allow us to attract and retain top engineering talent and encourage young people to embark on a career in engineering.”

RED Engineering is currently working with students at Queen Elizabeth High School and is sponsoring one ex-student through university. It regularly has pupils on work experience placements and is mentoring a number of GCSE Design Technology students.

Lord Matt Ridley, author of ‘How Innovation Works’ and a guest speaker at the event said: “Congratulations to RED Engineering on its latest investment. The company already has an outstanding track record of delivering innovation for its clients to enable the safe completion of the most challenging engineering projects, but this facility will undoubtedly deliver a step change in its capabilities. It’s also great news for the regional community, bringing the prospect of further jobs and spend with local supply chain partners.

“This part of the North East has been the base for a number of truly pioneering engineering businesses that have a focus on problem solving and innovation. That legacy continues and it is great to see that pioneering culture and can-do spirit alive and well at RED.“

Notes to Editors

RED Engineering (RED), is an independent engineering and technology company, established in Hexham in 2008 and is now a team of 34 with an annual turnover in the region of £4 million and a global client base. The company develops and delivers innovative equipment and tooling to allow the completion of the most challenging engineering projects. Its success is based on a well proven business model that combines a team of world class mechanical engineers, a supportive local supply chain and an in-house assembly and test facility to accelerate the development of first-of-kind solutions.