Thorlabs Ltd Breaking Ground Ceremony


Wednesday 8 May 2019



On Friday 3 May, Thorlabs Ltd held a sod cutting ceremony and reception to commemorate the ground breaking at its new location at Lancaster Business Park in Ely.

The event was attended by Cllr Alison Arnold, Deputy Mayor of Ely, members of Enterprise East Cambridgeshire, representatives from neighbours Cambridge Commodities Ltd and Infiniti Graphics Ltd, and some Thorlabs staff members. Also in attendance were key representatives from project partners: MJS Projects, DMA Architects, and Grovemere Property Ltd.

Keith Dhese, Thorlabs Ltd General Manager, opened the ceremony by sharing the important role Thorlabs plays as a global manufacturer of scientific components and systems in the photonics industry.

Cllr Arnold recognised Thorlabs as ‘a company which has grown while supporting the area with not just employment and economy, but also support in taking part in local events for charities and holding in- house competitions for their own chosen charity’.

Harvey Bibby from Grovemere Property spoke about upcoming additions to the Lancaster Way Business Park, in anticipation of 270 Thorlabs employees moving to the new location in 2020. “The Apex Coffee House is currently under construction and should be serving tea, coffee and cake from the end of July 2019. The coffee house is located adjacent to the Lancaster Lodge children’s nursery, which can accommodate children up to five years of age. We will be opening the trim trail this month and the Ely Zipper bus service will start servicing the park in November with three stops in the morning rush hour and three stops in the evening rush hour.”

The new 100,000 sq.ft hybrid building includes a flexible production layout and substantial office, laboratory and R&D facilities. Due for completion in Summer 2020, the new building will provide both a functional and attractive working environment for up to 500 employees and accommodate increasingly complex and automated production processes. The new building project also represents a significant investment and vote of confidence in UK manufacturing and will provide additional jobs in the local area.




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