A firm which creates and develops radiation measurement and detection devices has opened a new base in Seascale.

Mirion Technologies has spent over £100,000 to refit and extend its facility on Crosslanes Industrial Estate and held an open day for its clients to celebrate.

Mirion Technologies, which merged with Canberra around two years ago, creates devices for use in the nuclear industry and in places like hospitals, where radiation is used and needs to be monitored.

Its products include air and body monitors and nuclear imaging cameras.

It has been in West Cumbria for 25 years and divisional president James Cocks said West Cumbria was a key area for the firm and the Seascale base was the firm’s northern service area office, looking after the area from the Midlands to Scotland.

He added: “We are proud to invest in the UK and proud to be part of the nuclear industry.”

The new facility was designed and fitted out by Astaura Corporate Interiors, based in Carlisle.

Mirion key account manager Michael Kitchin told the open day guests: “Your attendance is not just about supporting us, it is also about supporting local SMEs, like the firm we employed to oversee this project.”

It includes office space and training rooms for staff and also for Mirion’s clients.

Special guests at the opening event were Emma-Jayne Gooch, of Sellafield, and Ivan Baldwin, chairman of Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster.

Ms Gooch praised the passion of the firm’s staff and the company’s commitment to SMEs.

Mr Baldwin added: “The business cluster is keen to support businesses that want to make a long-term investment in the area. Mirion has been here for 25 years and this is an opportunity to use this as a centre of nuclear excellence. It’s something we should feel proud about.”