Brechin firm set for major expansion

Brechin-based engineering firm Hydrus is set for a major expansion over the next few years following a proposal to move to bigger premises.

News and details of the firm’s plans were revealed to members of Angus Council’s development standards committee who were being asked to approve the company’s proposals to move to Brechin Business Park.

In a report to the committee the council’s head of planning and place, Vivien Smith, said that the firm had applied for permission to construct a new warehouse and office at Plot 14 at the business park.

“Due to the company’s growth the need has arisen to expand to a bigger purpose built facility to cater for future projects and expansion. The aim is to develop the new site over the next five to six years by phasing the development. Over the course of the expansion the company propose to create between 50 and 70 new jobs including a number of apprenticeships,” she added.

It is understood that the firm had held pre-application discussions with the local authority.

The proposal involves the erection of a large warehouse/manufacturing facility and an office building.

Ms Smith said that a new site access off the current roundabout at the end of West Road was proposed,

“With the new development the traffic accessing the site at Eastmill Road will be significantly reduced and this in turn will have a positive impact on reducing the number of heavy lorries accessing Brechin town centre,” she added,

Hydrus is a specialist engineering service company supporting the oil and gas industry. They currently operate from premises in Eastmill Road, Brechin.

Despite repeated attempts by The Brechin Advertiser no-one from Hydrus could be contacted to discuss the proposals.