Interserve to build Darlington campus

Interserve has won a design and build contract for the new National Biologics Manufacturing Centre (NBMC) in Darlington on Teesside.

The centre, run by the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), will be a large, open access facility that aims to help companies of all sizes to develop, prototype and scale up the next generation of biologic products, processes and technology.

The scheme is part of the government’s Strategy for Life Sciences, aimed at helping UK companies to develop a competitive foothold in the growing biologics market.

The centre will provide flexible laboratory areas for process, analytical and technology development as well as clean rooms and open-plan areas where new concepts can be tested. The NBMC will also offer offices, meeting rooms and spaces for training and conferencing.

Work should start in April, and be complete by the end of March next year.

Interserve regional director David Flewker said: “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.”

CPI’s Dr Chris Dowle, who is director of the NBMC, said: “This contract will create new jobs for the region, helping to boost the local economy as well as delivering a state of the art centre to boost the competitiveness of the UK biologics sector.”

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