FIRST REECE COMPANY RESPONSIVE ENGINEERING STARTS ITS MOVE INTO ARMSTRONG WORKS

26th August 2014

The men behind the move (left to right) Ali Reece – Assistant Project Manager, Reece Group, Niall Ash – Director of Machining, Responsive Engineering, Brian O’Donnell -Director of Fabrication & Welding, Responsive Engineering, Tim Rutter, Chief Transformation Officer, Reece Group

The men behind the move (left to right) Ali Reece – Assistant Project Manager, Reece Group, Niall Ash – Director of Machining, Responsive Engineering, Brian O’Donnell -Director of Fabrication & Welding, Responsive Engineering, Tim Rutter, Chief Transformation Officer, Reece Group

Following the Reece Group’s acquisition of Armstrong Works in 2012, the first of its pioneering engineering companies has started its move into the iconic Scotswood Road site, marking a new era for engineering on the banks of the River Tyne.

Responsive Engineering, formed by a merger of two Reece Group companies; Pearson Engineering Services and Responsive Engineering Group,  has now relocated its machining operations at Team Valley along with 80 of its 300 strong workforce into the newly refurbished premises.

Reece Group will be investing £10m into the redevelopment of the site over the next two years which will see it transformed into a state-of-the-art engineering facility.  The production area for Responsive Engineering alone will occupy in excess of 7,000sqm and includes the most technically advanced machinery available, giving the capability and capacity to provide a new range of work for existing and potential clients.

In the last three months, in addition to an 80+ person modular office being created at the south elevation of the building which leads directly onto the shop floor, purpose built welfare facilities on the shop floor, including lockers, toilet and shower blocks and canteen areas have been completed.

As a globally renowned provider of sub-contract manufacturing for the oil and gas, subsea, power generation and defence industries, the move for Responsive Engineering has come at a time when demand for its  specialist skills and products is burgeoning.

The potential at the new site to further develop its expertise and offering to customers is welcomed by managing director of Responsive Engineering, Roger Anderton who said:

“The logistics of getting the site ready and the machinery moved has been an enormous challenge but one which has been both exciting and invigorating for everyone involved.

“There has been a tremendous effort from all those involved  to achieve what has been a seamless transition of operations onto site and we definitely see this move as an excellent opportunity to further build upon our success.”

Since the purchase, Reece Group has created a highly effective and experienced project management team who have co-ordinated a seamless transition of operations onto site.  Previous owner, BAE Systems is releasing space in a phased exit and Reece Group now occupy more than 65% of the site which has a total footprint of 32,000 sq. m.

In line with its commitment to providing employment and wealth in the North East, 95% of the upgrading work on site has been sourced from North East companies with more than 228 contractors inducted on site during the last six months.

Chairman of Reece Group, John Reece said:

“Armstrong Works is a location synonymous with engineering innovation and the arrival of the first Reece Group Company on site marks a major milestone in our ambition to create the most capable Tier 1 engineering supplier site in Europe.

“The huge expanse of available space provides the opportunity not only to unite our portfolio of innovative and award winning engineering companies but also to give them the capacity and scope for future growth in a climate conducive to innovation and creativity.

“Our substantial investment is testament to our commitment to securing the future of engineering in the North East and it is a privilege to be able to continue the engineering and manufacturing legacy created by Lord Armstrong more than 167 years ago.”