The Heath provides new high-tech home to innovative waste water treatment specialist Arvia

SOG Ltd has announced it has secured a contract to provide accommodation for specialist water and waste water treatment company ArviaTM Technology which is moving its operation to The Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn from June 1.

SOG, owner and operator of The Heath, says Arvia has decided to move to the park as a result of the unique technical support SOG offers to science-related businesses, in addition to its competitive rates for office, laboratory and research & development space.

Arvia’s innovative technology was spun-out of Manchester University’s School of Chemical Engineering with the company operating out of Daresbury Science Park in Warrington.

Carol Thomas (pictured above), Finance Director at SOG, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Arvia has chosen to relocate to The Heath Business and Technical Park and develop their exciting business here.  The Heath doesn’t offer purely a property solution but more importantly an intelligent technical services infrastructure that will work alongside Arvia over the next three years to reach their commercialisation goals faster.

“We are a skills partner as much as a scientific facilities provider with a genuine interest to help business succeed. There was a real risk that Arvia would leave Halton but they recognised that the proven track record of the in-house team at The Heath, in delivering bespoke facilities on time, met both their technical and growth needs to enable them to further expand their business. These fast growing companies are exactly the type of company that The Heath continues to attract.”

The move to The Heath follows Arvia recently securing £4 million of further investment funding to enable it to embark on a series of demonstration installations in industrial treatment facilities.

SOG’s own project team and specialist technicians are creating a bespoke rig hall for Arvia within 5,000 square feet of space which will also include a laboratory, workshop, offices, meeting rooms and storage space. Under the terms of the three-year agreement, Arvia will have scope to expand and scale-up operations as its business evolves.

Arvia’s Chief Executive Mike Lodge said: “We chose The Heath as we believe it can provide us with an ideal platform and the specialist support we require to rapidly grow our business and meet all our short-term and longer-term objectives. We have been impressed by the depth of experience of SOG’s technical team and the breadth of specialist aid The Heath can offer such as technical support, facility management and health and safety which are all crucial to our day-to-day operation.”

Arvia’s revolutionary technology removes and destroys contaminants from water and waste water. The patented technology has been shown to treat various historically-untreatable organics. It provides a simple, flexible and reliable solution to organic waste problems with significantly lower operating costs than traditional alternatives.

Arvia’s modular treatment units can remove and oxidise low, trace toxic and problematic pollutants. These include metaldehyde, which is used by farmers in slug pest control and endocrine-disrupting and problem chemicals used in the pharmaceutical industry and personal care products, including triclosan.

About The Heath

The Heath Business and Technical Park is a phenomenal regeneration success story. Formed in 2000, its owner and operator, SOG Ltd, has transformed a once single occupancy corporate facility into a thriving independent business park. The Heath now provides office and laboratory accommodation for more than 170 individual organisations, ranging from business services and IT specialists to those at the cutting edge of science, research and advanced manufacturing.  Around 2,000 people are employed at the site. For further information, telephone 01928 515988 or visit www.theheath.com