Maggie Philbin opens new Blatchford Headquarters and Technology Centre
Posted on 29th June 2013
July 23rd saw 120 Clinicians, Managers and Commissioners from the NHS, MOD, P&O businesses and charities attend the opening of the new Blatchford Headquarters and Technology Centre. Guests toured the demonstrations showing the development and manufacture of the latest prosthetic innovations and teams of amputees showed the artificial limbs in action.
On Tuesday 23rd July Chas. A. Blatchford & Sons, a leading global supplier of prosthetic and orthotic products and services (which includes the prosthetic service for amputee soldiers at Headley Court) opened a new headquarters as part of its continued growth and technological development. Maggie Philbin, BBC science presenter and founder of Teentech, cut the ribbon to open this venture.
One year after the Paralympics, in which some of Blatchford’s latest running limb designs featured, the company is striving to continue the pace of development. The Technology Centre contains the longest gait laboratory in the UK, a facility designed to analyse amputee running and kinetics, and is part of the development process of faster stronger limbs.
The new site incorporates the Blatchford Group Headquarters, the Endolite Technology Centre and is the home of the new flagship Blatchford Private Clinic. Amputees from around the globe will be able to get the most up to date microprocessor controlled limbs and sports limbs available. The overall result has been that Blatchford’s presence in Basingstoke has increased by almost 50%.
Stephen Blatchford, company Chief Executive, is thrilled with how the move has progressed. “I am delighted with how the move has gone. When we were planning this £2m project, I had not fully realised just how positive a change to our work environment the building was going to be. The open plan offices for the whole building have an extremely friendly atmosphere. The extra lab space, warehouse space and technical assembly space means that we now have the environment to support our continuous growth over subsequent years. These facilities give us the resources to continue to produce innovative high tech leading edge products that will bring real benefits to amputees.
We are delighted that Maggie Philbin has opened the building, we have worked with her for a number of years through TeenTech and her passion for science and technological achievement is one that mirrors our own.”