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Defence technology firm makes multi-million pound investment in new Tewkesbury HQ

A defence and cyber security business is set to combine all 350 of its staff in a new single headquarters in Tewkesbury.

TRL Technology, which has been based in Tewkesbury for 35 years, currently operates from four different sites in the town.

The firm develops and delivers lifesaving military personnel protection solutions, government grade cyber security and specialist intelligence networks to governments and agencies across the world.

Its solutions are used in a wide range of missions, including counter-terrorism, border security and peacekeeping.

According to the latest figures lodged at Companies House for the year to December 31 2018,  the firm had reported revenues of £56.2 million and recorded pre-tax profits of £12.57 million.

The new 40,000 square foot building owned by developer Robert Hitchins Ltd makes a multi-million pound investment in the firm's future in Tewkesbury, where it employs a mix of software and hardware engineers and programmers.

Robert Hitchins is also constructing a 220-space car park at the nearby Cowfield Farm for the company.

TRL Technology is a subsidiary of the US-based defence company L3Harris and it's new home at Tewkesbury Business Park is in the heart of the M5 Growth Zone.

The building has been named Spectra House reflecting TRL's work utilising the electromagnetic spectrum in delivering its solutions.

Richard Flitton, vice president and general manager of TRL Technology said: "We have put collaboration and innovation at the heart of the design of our new building as these are key to staying ahead of the ever-evolving threats to global security and delivering on our mission to make the world a safer place.

"Our new home will offer a modern working environment for our extremely talented staff with ample car parking, social and collaboration spaces and a customer experience centre where we can showcase our solutions."

A key consideration in the investment in the new premises has been sustainability.

As well as a reduction in power and heating consumption by consolidating into one building, it also features rain water harvesting and solar technology.

Low power daylight LED lighting, electric vehicle charging points and the introduction of milk dispensers, which will eliminate the use of over 3,500 plastic milk bottles per year.

The company is moving into the new facility in phases and plans to complete the move by mid-2020 with a grand opening ceremony to follow shortly afterwards.

John Jones, asset and development manager for Robert Hitchins Ltd, said: "This is an example of how we can work closely with companies like L3 Harris in supporting their growth plans by providing a bespoke property solution suited to their operational needs.

"A collaborative working relationship with L3Harris in the UK and USA, coupled with early engagement with Tewkesbury Borough Council, enabled us to secure planning consent for the car park which was critical to L3Harris' continued occupation in Tewkesbury. We're delighted to have them on board."

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