Leatherhead Food Research has announced details of its new headquarters at one of the UK’s leading laboratory heritage sites near Epsom. The substantial freehold property has been purchased by Leatherhead’s parent, Science Group.
Leatherhead Food Research has announced details of its new headquarters at one of the UK’s leading laboratory heritage sites near Epsom. The substantial freehold property, “Great Burgh”, including nine acres of grounds and a spectacular Grade II listed building, has been purchased by Leatherhead’s parent, Science Group, and will form a new South-of-London hub for the group, complementing the existing North-of-London R&D centre in Harston, Cambridge. The announcement comes hot on the heels of Leatherhead’s acquisition by Science Group in September and represents a £9m ($15 million) investment in Leatherhead by its new owners to establish a world-leading food and drink R&D centre.“We are delighted to have found Great Burgh and excited about the future for Leatherhead. The property not only has extensive, modern office space but also perfect areas for new laboratory facilities, a state-of-the-art consumer sensory centre and an unparalleled conference and training centre in the original building,” said Chris Wells, Managing Director, Leatherhead. “The investment by Science Group is fantastic news for our Members, employees and customers and reflects the focus on innovation that sets Leatherhead apart. The new facilities at Great Burgh will enable us to continue to provide market leading services to the food and drink industry.” Leatherhead’s operations will start to relocate to Great Burgh in January 2016 and it is anticipated that all activities will have been transferred by the middle of 2016.