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Builders invited to bid for research centre contract
THE search is on for a contractor to design and build a centre of excellence to develop cutting-edge medicines.
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has published a contract notice estimated in the range of £10m to £25m for the design, build, fit out and commissioning of a new building for the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre on Central Park, Darlington.
The government-funded project is designed to help companies in the biologics market to develop and commercialise new biologics process technologies.
Biologics, or biopharmaceuticals, are medicines manufactured using biotechnology, usually involving live organisms such as cells, bacteria or yeast.
The new centre, which forms part of the Wilton-based CPI, will help companies in the biologics market to develop, prove, demonstrate, scale up and ultimately commercialise new biologics process technologies.
The building contract is expected to take 15 months. CPI is handling the procurement process for a three to four storey building of around 40,000 sq ft containing laboratories and clean rooms.
Science minister David Willetts said: "The new National Biologics Manufacturing Centre will significantly increase the UK's manufacturing capability in biologics, keeping us ahead in the global race and strengthening the UK's position as the location of choice for life sciences companies."
Steve Bates, chief executive of The BioIndustry Association, said: "The National Biologics Manufacturing Centre will provide a valuable resource for the biologics manufacturing sector in the UK. The centre will help the UK capture more of the expanding global market in high value, high quality manufacture of biologic medicines.
"It is another key piece in the jigsaw in developing a supportive ecosystem for the bioscience sector alongside successful measures such as the Biomedical Catalyst, Patent Box and the Cell Therapy Catapult."
Interested parties have until October 16 to register their interest.
The pre qualification questionnaire (PQQ) is available at www.uk-cpi.com/tenders.
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