Area Design and Build 120,000 sqft Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility in Havant for Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group.

Area is on site to deliver the brand new 120,000 sqft development – located in Havant, near Portsmouth, Hampshire – for Watson-Marlow Technology Group’s (WMFTG) BioPure brand. The facility will support the company’s ambitious vision, growth and commitment to helping customers worldwide – increasing provision of vital fluid path components to the biopharmaceutical industry. Our extensive service offering on this project includes cleanroom design and engineering, detail design and specification, through to delivery and project management – we are delighted to be part of the construction of this state-of-the-art facility.

The project is driven by BioPure’s aim to significantly increase productivity by scale, simplifying production operations to lower manufacturing costs and reduce process validation. Andrew Mines, Managing Director of WMFTG, added, “This is an exciting development for our BioPure brand and the expansion that we see moving forward.”

The new Dunsbury Park facility is over five times the size of BioPure’s former premises – Area has been on site since August 2021 and will carry this enormous project through to completion in March 2022.

Steve Feasey, Manager Director of BioPure, commented, “This is a very exciting time for BioPure, with demand for our products increasing year on year. We’re thrilled to get the keys to our new facility, providing increased capacity for us to deliver our high-quality fluid path components and strengthen our support for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. This demonstrates our ongoing commitment to improving our customer service and our team are excited to start work from this state-of-the-art facility. We look forward to continuing to grow and develop more market-leading fluid management solutions.”

Relocating from its previous site near Portsmouth, this move will enable BioPure to provide a more comprehensive level of support, while maintaining high quality control on products and services. The new facility is equipped with a variety of manufacturing, engineering, production, logistics and administration spaces.

A new benchmark for future workplace transformation

We understand the importance of this partnership with BioPure, Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group and its parent company FTSE100 listed Spirax-Sarco Engineering, to not only support the ongoing cultural and brand change process, but also to design and build an environment that will help further strengthen their position as industry leaders, creating a space that will foster innovation. Given the complex nature of this truly unique project, with large client facing areas, flexible offices, cleanroom manufacturing spaces and warehousing, plus a focus on change management throughout the entire process, we were well placed with our offering to add real value to this project.

In the manufacturing space, the new cleanrooms are required to satisfy ISO 14644 class 7 classification for clean environments. The four clean manufacturing rooms contain a full width gantry crane, with up to ten injection moulding machines in each, produce high quality precision moulded items. These are then taken to cleanroom packing spaces and onward for dispatch in the warehouse. All cleanroom spaces are furnished with ‘dirty’ corridor spaces adjacent and above, allowing the associated services to be maintained without breaching the clean barrier. This includes seven large air handling units that are required to drive the clean air system, and a specialist material handling system to feed the mould shops. The workflow for BioPure is critical – equipment has been meticulously positioned to ensure the optimum functionality of the space.

Designed to integrate the production facility with the workspace, the new activity-based working environment will see improved interaction between various departments. New open-plan workspace provides numerous bump and intersection points to foster collaboration.

This project marks a ‘new beginning’ for BioPure – moving boldly into the future with a renewed vision and workplace strategy leading the way. It is an opportunity to refresh their workplace environment that has evolved over time, with an exciting new solution that will set the benchmark for future workplaces across WMFTG – helping to deliver an employee experience consistent with a new way of working.