Barberry Developments have announced today that IT specialist Mayflex will be relocating its headquarters to a brand new 65,000 sq ft industrial unit at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMH).
Currently based in Electric Avenue, Birmingham, Mayflex distributes converged IP solutions, providing industry-standard and bespoke products for clients in the UK and Europe.
Mayflex agreed to a 10-year lease for the speculative Barberry 65 with agents Harris Lamb representing Mayflex; commenting on the process, Charles D’Auncey, of Harris Lamb, said: “We spent a lot of time with Mayflex to determine the size and specification of [the] building required. We eventually narrowed this down to Barberry 65 during the building’s construction phase.
“I am delighted the building was completed on time and to the specification agreed -Barberry 65 provides a fantastic addition to the existing Mayflex property portfolio, to enable the business to further develop.”
Mayflex is currently completing its fit-out of Barberry 65, and the will become operational in April; moving to Barberry 65 will allow the firm to significantly increase their operating capacity, increasing its assembly and construction space, as well as their offices, and research and development units.
Praising the building’s layout and efficiency benefits, Andy Cooper, operations director at Mayflex, said: “The company aims to produce a selection of about 800 variants of market-leading products. The business is currently running on a six per cent annual growth rate, but as part of the intended move to Barberry 65, I would be looking to increase this to a capacity of 10%.
“This will also have an impact upon the number of jobs. We envisage a number of new jobs being created every year because the nature of our business does not lend itself to automated assembly. We’ll also have the capacity and sufficient space for support activities, including research and development, to accommodate the construction and assembly of our products to meet customer needs.
“We feel fortunate that we are able to remain so close to our existing site because it is convenient for our staff and a good location for the road and motorway network.”
Taking less than 12 months from the planning stage to practical completion and finding an occupier; Barberry 65 is part of Barberry’s impressive pipeline of industrial and warehouse units amounting to more than 2.4 million sq ft of sites across the country.
Barberry development director Jon Robinson said: “Barberry 65 is a high-quality grade A manufacturing facility located in a prime position, only three minutes’ drive from junction 6 of the M6, Birmingham, on the Advanced Manufacturing Hub.
“We are delighted that we were able to secure an occupier before reaching practical completion. From initially committing to the development, through to completion, took just 11 months, which is a fantastic achievement.
“Our decision to invest within the area to speculatively develop the site has created a catalyst for city centre regeneration and job creation for the local community.
“We are proud to deliver a building that will provide Mayflex with the opportunity for expansion, allowing them to continue to flourish within Birmingham without relocating outside the region. Our development has helped to promote and support employment and stimulate further economic growth within Birmingham.”
Featured Image: (from left) Steven Jaggers, of JLL, Charles D’Auncey, of Harris Lamb, Andy Cooper, of Mayflex, Jon Robinson, of Barberry, Nick Oakley, of the West Midlands Combined Authority, Mohammed Islam, of Birmingham City Council, and Stuart Buckley, of Homes England, at Mayflex’s new industrial unit at the Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Birmingham.