Birch Solutions is continuing a successful year with a move to new offices which are powered by renewable energy produced from on-site biogas plants.
The company was formed after North Lincolnshire lime business Singleton Birch, which has 5 years’ experience in AD management, bought a controlling share of green energy company, PlanET Biogas UK, one of the world’s largest biogas technology providers.
The new headquarters are based at a purpose built £600k building at Singleton Birch’s Melton Ross site.
A new research and development centre, which will support the development of new products for Singleton Birch’s family of businesses, is also based within the building.
Local contractors, including Britcon, Manta, John Maw, Whites Electrical and Ventair were all involved in the project, which was project managed by the Birch Solutions projects team.
Martin Haworth, director of Birch Solutions, said:
Research and development will be a key part of the Birch Solutions business going forward as we continue to offer biogas plant owners a fresh approach to services and consultancy.
This will also complement our work with blue chip water companies which also use the anaerobic digestion process but as a water treatment rather than to produce energy.
This investment is a sign of our commitment to deliver excellent support to our customers, especially biogas plant owners who are looking to get the best out of their systems.
The new centre was opened by Jonathan Kay who has family links to Singleton Birch’s founder, William Singleton Birch.
William Singleton Birch was a mineral merchant who leased the quarry at Chalk Hill in Melton Ross in the 1850s – the same site where the company operates today.
His shares in the company eventually passed to his grandson Lionel Martin, who founded the legendary Aston Martin car.
Lionel’s wife Katherine Martin inherited the shares when he died and she left the shares in trust for the benefit of three charities – the NSPCC, RSPCA and Barnardo’s.
The Katherine Martin Trust remains the company’s largest shareholder and has donated millions of pounds to these charities since its establishment.
Jonathan is Katherine’s grandson and was invited to cut the ribbon at the new centre.
I have been involved with Singleton Birch for lots of years and seen the expansion and development and I have been so honoured to be part of that.
I wish everybody who is going to use this building a great deal of luck and I hope this building is a symbolic start of something that could take Singleton Birch into the stratosphere.
Singleton Birch was founded in 1815 and although it has diversified into a number of sectors, its core business remains the global supply of chalk and lime products.
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Caption: L to R (main) Adrian Smith, UK Business Manager, Birch Solutions; Richard Stansfield, Managing Director, Singleton Birch; Jonathan Kay; Martin Haworth, Director, Birch Solutions; Viki Winton, Service Administrator, Birch Solutions.