Darlington-based facility will include labs and cleanrooms for biologics research and create new jobs
The design and build contract for the £38m National Biologics Manufacturing Centre (NBMC), to be based in Darlington, UK has been awarded to Interserve Construction.
The contract will create new jobs for the area helping to boost the local economy as well as delivering a state-of-art centre to improve the competitiveness of the UK biologics sector.
Work is expected to begin on the site in April with completion at the end of March 2015.
Interserve is a Twyford, UK-based support services and construction company, which offers advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and front-line services.
David Flewker, Regional Director, said: 'Interserve is delighted to be involved in the delivery of the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre. We have operated in the Tees Valley for nearly 60 years and this strategically important facility will enhance the reputation and status of the region as a world leader in this field.'
This strategically important facility will enhance the reputation and status of the region as a world leader in the biologics field
The 5,000m2 NBMC, to be operated by the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), the process industry element of the government’s national manufacturing strategy called the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, will be a large open access facility that will help companies of all sizes to develop, prove, prototype and scale up the next generation of biologic products, processes and technology.
Located at Central Park, Darlington, it will support the commercialisation of research by promoting collaboration between academia, the National Health Service and industry.
The facility will provide flexible laboratory and pilot plant areas for process, analytical and technology development, cleanrooms for GMP process and equipment proving and flexible, open-plan areas where new facility design concepts can be developed and tested. It will also provide training and conference facilities and office and meeting spaces.