Offshore specialist to move into new Lowestoft base

The OrbisEnergy centre in Lowestoft.

The OrbisEnergy centre in Lowestoft. - Credit: Archant

Offshore specialists James Fisher Marine Services will breathe new life into a major disused site in Lowestoft when it takes over the former offices of AKD Engineering.

The company will to Horn Hill from the OrbisEnergy centre, having expanded quickly on the back of contracts for offshore wind projects, including a £25m contract on the Galloper wind farm.

It is in the process of creating more than 100 jobs, mostly in the Lowestoft area, from its offshore services contract for the £1.5bn project.

Martin Dronfield, JFMS commercial director, said the company had benefited from being at Orbis, by working alongside clients and partners.

'An innovation centre is designed to build business and to help its occupants win business, and working within the Orbis environment we have achieved that,' he said.

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OrbisEnergy will hold an open day on Friday for potential new tenants to tour its offices.

Last year, James Fisher Marine Services also helped to revive another redundant building in Lowestoft, refurbishing the former Shell base on Commercial Road, Lowestoft, where 120 people will be located as part of the construction support base for Innogy's Galloper Offshore Wind Farm project, directly off the Suffolk coast.

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It will prepare all transit facilities for the offshore wind farm and will be creating welfare facilities, changing rooms and drying rooms at its base. It will prepare the crew transfer and supply and manage multi-support vessels to and from the offshore site.

Its multi-purpose wind farm support vessel, Dart Fisher, is currently being fitted out for diving and other specialist services.

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