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National Biologics Manufacturing Centre Central Park, Yarm Road, Darlington

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20th January 2014, 07:51 to 19th February 2014, 07:51

National Biologics Manufacturing Centre Central Park, Yarm Road, Darlington

Pre-Application Consultation In December 2012 the Government announced that The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) will establish and manage a new £38 million centre to encourage innovative solutions in the UK healthcare market. The National Biologics Manufacturing Centre (NBMC) will be a large open access facility that will assist companies of all sizes in the proving and scaling-up of processes to manufacture new biologic medicines such as antibodies and vaccines. The public investment in this medicine scale-up, production proving and training centre has been made to boost the UK pharmaceutical industry in the rapidly growing biologics market and increase the manufacturing capability for products that are developed in this country. The NBMC will support the commercialisation of research by promoting collaboration between academia, the National Health Service and industry. The NBMC will comprise of a new 5,000sqm office and laboratory development on three floors with a partial 4th floor. The building will provide flexible laboratory areas for research & development, product analysis and equipment trials. In addition to these technical facilities, the NBMC will provide training and conferencing facilities together with office and meeting areas. Following the announcement, CPI have worked with a design team to develop the proposals for the NBMC and this process has now reached the stage where the involvement of local stakeholders and the community is welcomed to inform and influence the finalisation of the design. To facilitate this, a ‘Pre-Application Consultation Period’ is taking place from Thursday 23rd January until Sunday 2nd February 2014. The Consultation Period will begin with a public consultation event in the Wesley Court Community Centre, Rocket Street where CPI and design team personnel will be available to explain the proposals and answer questions. The consultation event will run from 1pm to 7pm on Thursday 23rd January. Throughout the Consultation Period the proposals will be on display in the Wesley Court Community Centre, Rocket Street, Darlington and also on the CPI website at Comments in relation to the development are welcomed and should be sent to Jerry Cooper, Project Manager, Centre for Process Innovation, c/o Teesside University, Vicarage Road, Darlington, DL1 1JW or by email to The closing date for comments is Sunday 2nd February 2014. What Happens Next? All comments received will be considered from a planning and design perspective. Where appropriate the design and proposal will be amended to reflect and take on board the comments received. A Statement of Community Involvement will be submitted alongside the planning application for the proposal detailing all the comments received and how they have been accommodated within the development and/or design. Where it is not possible to take the comments received on board due to their nature or detrimental impact they may have on the scheme, this Statement of Community Involvement will also provide an explanation as to why. The current programme targets the submission of the planning application for 10th February 2014.


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