Ulverston business plans 250 new jobs

AROUND 250 jobs will be created if plans for a £350m biopharmaceuticals site get the go-ahead.

Residents will get their first chance today (Friday) to see plans which could pave the way for a new biopharmaceuticals plant in Ulverston.

Lakes BioScience Ltd, of Ulverston, has submitted plans to South Lakeland District Council for the site on a disused car-park at Pulman Road.

An artist’s impression of what a Lakes BioScience facility at Pulman Road, Ulverston could look like.

The company, formed more than 12 months ago from a collaboration of an industry-connected executive team with many decades of experience between them, is accelerating its plans due to global demand.

Lakes BioScience prides itself on the expertise of its team who have a track record of working fast to ensure rapid and agile responses to deliver customer-focused, innovative and effective solutions on a range of projects.

Pat McIver, a founding director of Lakes BioScience, said: “Globally, supply chains are under huge pressure to provide manufacturing capacity for monoclonal antibodies.

“We feel that now is the right time to submit plans so we are in a position to respond to this demand.”

Lakes BioScience hopes to start work on the site this year. Manufacture of advanced monoclonal antibodies would be due to start within 15 months of breaking ground.

Mr McIver said: “Lakes BioScience will be a game changer, establishing the UK as a leading player in the global biopharmaceutical manufacturing market.

“We will build on a rich regional and national capability and create high-value jobs in a fast-growing sector to deliver life-changing and life-saving treatments to patients globally.

“At the heart of a network of UK innovators, Lakes BioScience is the company that’s going to bring to life the notion of a uniquely agile and customer-focused, large-scale biopharmaceuticals contract development and manufacturing operation in the UK.”

Residents will get their chance to see plans and talk to representatives from Lakes BioScience at a drop-in session held at the Williams Room, at The Coach House building, in Ford Park, Ulverston, 3pm-7pm on Friday, September 18, and 10am-2pm on Saturday, September 19.

Ford Park, which is run as a charity, has installed a new easy-to-use Econnects Visitor Registration System in its offices and Williams Room exhibition/function suite as an extra measure to ensure the safety of its visitors - both for the Lakes BioScience exhibition and for all future events.

Econnects, developed by proven solutions firm Eco in collaboration with Carol Milnes of CA Events, ensures staff and visitors stay safe and that organisations are compliant with all test and trace regulations.

Registration for track and trace purposes will take place on the door and can be activated by visitors using their mobile phone to scan a QR code on an Econnects poster at the entrance. Alternative registration arrangements will be in place for those who do not have a mobile phone.

To ensure visitor safety, social distancing will be required at all times for

the Lakes BioScience event and masks will be required to be worn to gain access to the Williams Room. The flow of visitors will be managed to ensure the allowed number of people into the room at any one time. Lift access is available for those who require assistance.


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