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Global Laboratory Firm Takes UK Expansion To ‘The Edge’

Shepherd Developments Secures New Tenant For State-Of-The-Art Offices in York


Yorkshire-based property company, Shepherd Developments, has announced it has secured ACM Global Central Laboratory as a long-term tenant for its new two storey office facility in York known as ‘The Edge’.

ACM Global Central Laboratory’s UK facility provides testing services in support of clinical trials in human subjects throughout Europe, Israel and South Africa.  The company opened its UK offices in 2000 and currently employs 62 people in York.

The company will relocate to the new 14,500 sq ft property on York’s Hospital Fields Road from Aviator Court in Clifton Moorgate. ACM has signed a long term lease agreement for the new premises and will convert the ground floor into laboratories before moving in later in the year.

Richard Squire, Project Director at Shepherd Developments, commented: We are delighted to have leased our high quality, state of the art building to ACM, and, hopefully, the flexibility of the property will facilitate growth for this international business in York for years to come.

Jerry Boxall, Managing Director at ACM Europe, added: “We are very happy to have completed the lease on our new facility and we look forward to the next stage in the growth of our European operations.   This facility allows us the expansion room we require and we anticipate increasing our employment opportunities in York over the coming years”

James Knowles, an Associate Solicitor at the Leeds office of Irwin Mitchell acted for Shepherd Developments.  He said: “The Edge is a stunning and distinctive building and I’m delighted to have advised Shepherd on what is another highly successful development for the company.

“This is good news for the City of York having retained a business which will add to York’s growing reputation as a place for highly specialised science and medical based industry.”

Jones Lang LaSalle acted as agents for Shepherd Developments. Blacks Solicitors and Laurence Hannah acted for ACM Global Central Labs.

York-based Shepherd Developments specialises in acquiring sites and developing all forms of commercial property - selling the completed schemes to long term investors and owner-occupiers. It is part of Shepherd Group, one of the largest privately owned groups in the European building sector. Group companies cover construction, engineering, house building and manufacturing.