A leading Cornish marine company has transformed a 19th Century former schoolhouse in Truro into a sustainable new home for its expanding team.
Reflex Marine has offices across the world with its headquarters located in Cornwall. The team has moved to the Old Schoolhouse in Shortlanesend from Newham Industrial Estate following extensive refurbishment of the Grade Two-listed building.
The new office space was officially opened last night (May 1), by Sarah Newton MP, with the Mayor of Truro, Lindsay Southcombe, amongst the guests.
Reflex Marine provides access solutions to companies operating in the offshore marine environments, which includes the design and manufacture of specialist equipment to transfer crew to and from offshore oil and gas platforms for international clients such as BP and Chevron.
It employs 12 members of staff in Truro and is expecting to continue to grow rapidly, with a likely addition of five new jobs within the next year. The company is on track to achieve 27% growth in the current financial year.
CEO and co-founder, Philip Strong, said: “This is a very exciting time for our business. We are continuing to grow and open up new international markets and we wish to be recognised as one of the best employers in Cornwall.
“Cornwall is a great place to do business. From the communications and logistics perspective, it can be a challenge. However, this is offset by the great people we have managed to employ and retain.”
The refurbishment project was carried out Truro architect Barlow Stott, in collaboration with Barcelona-based Zest. All contract work was completed by Ian Carter Builders of St Austell.
And Cornish energy efficiency specialist, Independent Energy, was brought in to assist in creating a green workspace, which includes a modern wood pellet boiler.