PPH helps Vertual secure new Anchor House HQ in Hull

13th Feb

More patients around the world could soon benefit from improvements in radiotherapy treatment and care, thanks to the growth of a pioneering Hull company.

Vertual, a leading provider of virtual reality training in radiation therapy (VERT), is enjoying a rapid expansion and has negotiated a new lease with PPH Commercial to move into a fully refurbished office suite at Anchor House in Hull.

Since
forming in 2007 as a spin-off company from a joint research project involving
Hull University and Hull and East Yorkshire hospital trust, the business has
become a real success story.

Vertual’s state-of-the-art VERT technology has been adopted by universities and radiotherapy teaching hospitals across the world – and is now used by more than 140 institutions in more than 30 countries.

Their virtual reality systems provide immersive training for radiographers and physicists, enabling them to practise complex procedures away from the patient. Their technology can also help patients who are planning to receive radiation therapy, reducing the initial fear of treatment. Patients can see what is going to happen in the treatment room and understand how radiotherapy works.

Vertual hopes its move into the Maltings development, in Hull city centre, will accelerate its expansion plans – creating up to 10 new jobs during the next 12 months.

“We’re
currently enjoying a period of accelerated growth and we’re hoping to
capitalise on this success by entering new markets in the US, South America,
China and South East Asia,” said Debra Leeves, who was recently appointed as
Vertual’s first CEO after being head-hunted from Physeon GmbH in Switzerland.

“Hull has proven to be a great place for Vertual to do business because we can access the exact type of staff we need – particularly software coders and developers – thanks to the computer science courses offered by the University of Hull.

“Our
move to Anchor House will allow us to expand and we’re expecting to create up
to 10 new positions across the business this year, with further job opportunities
also expected in the future. We’re delighted to be relocating – it’s very
exciting times.”

PPH director Ben Cooper

PPH director Ben Cooper, who concluded the deal, said: “Vertual wanted a modern, vibrant office space and the former Hull Brewery building is perfect after recently enjoying a significant investment and refurbishment by the property owners.

“Last year saw us complete a 10,000 sq ft letting to Enact Conveyancing and let a ground-floor suite to Optical Express. A refurbished suite of 1,500 sq ft remains available and the third floor is currently undergoing a full refurbishment, which will also be available on completion of the works. It is great to see the owner’s significant investment in this building coming to fruition.”

For
more details on the remaining office suite available at Anchor House, email [email protected]
or call 01482 626912.

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