Wednesday, August 31, 2016

News: General Dynamics sets sights on new Rotherham premises

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General Dynamics, a multinational company operating in the defence and security industry, is planning to take on new office space in Rotherham for its UK-based IT business.

General Dynamics IT provides clients in central government, local government, healthcare and the private sector with business process services, system and application development, data and information management, cyber security, human resources and enterprise IT solutions.

Part of the global aerospace and defence company based in Virginia, USA that employs approximately 95,000 people worldwide, the company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies.

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General Dynamics UK has 11 world-class facilities across the UK and internationally with over 1,600 highly skilled members of the team.

With its UK head office at Canary Wharf in London, the IT business has been using premises at Hellaby in Rotherham for its Northern office. Now a planning application has been submitted that would see the leading name take space at the Phoenix Riverside development across the borough at Templeborough.

Regeneration specialist St Paul's Developments identified the six acre site as prime for commercial development some years ago due to its prominent frontage on to Sheffield Road and proximity to both Rotherham town centre and Junction 34 of the M1. The local developer created 26,000 sq ft of offices which are now let to In-Tend Ltd, the Royal Mencap Society and Niche Care Ltd.

St Paul's themselves have been using the 8,500 sq ft two-storey Unit 2 where new plans for general Dynamics show prominent external signage and indicative layouts for a call centre operation with space for over 50 staff.

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Niche Care Ltd took space at the completed development, which also includes a Hungry Horse pub, earlier this year. The provider of care to those that choose to live in their own homes took over Unit 1 from BT.

With offices on the ground floor, planning permission was approved for a change of use of the first floor to be converted into a day hub for the elderly and disabled. The new premises enables the company to increase FTE staff numbers from 50 to 78.

General Dynamics IT wesbite
St Paul's Development's website

Images: St Paul's


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