The University of Southampton Science Park has signed a major long-lease land contract with Promega UK. The deal will see the company, a global leader in life sciences, build new UK premises on Plot 2 Benham Campus on the Science Park site at Chilworth, Hampshire.
Peter Birkett, CEO of the Science Park, commented: “There have been very few land deals of this magnitude and significance in the South Coast region in the last decade and everyone associated with the Science Park is delighted with this news. We have supported Promega’s considerable success in the UK for 28 years and this new development will enable us to continue to do so. It is entirely in keeping with our philosophy to foster scientific discovery, and enable the commercialisation of this, through the provision of high quality premises in an inspirational setting and through strong peer group networks.”
Councillor Simon Letts, leader of Southampton City Council, said: “To hear that Promega UK are significantly expanding their operation at The University of Southampton Science Park is testimony that Southampton is a key destination for businesses in this industry. The decision to construct a new bespoke facility highlights the pivotal role the science park plays in attracting innovative companies to the region, and further strengthens Southampton’s growth in the life sciences sector.”
Founded in 1978 in Wisconsin USA, Promega creates innovative solutions and technical support to life scientists in academic, industrial and government settings. Its portfolio of more than 3,500 products aims to help scientists worldwide to advance their knowledge in genomics, proteomics, cellular analysis, drug discovery and human identification.
The company has sited its UK head office at the Science Park since 1989 but, following rapid growth over the last five years and a doubling of revenues, more space was required to increase the UK team of scientists and administrative staff. Promega has therefore taken the opportunity to expand its operations and support the medium-term growth of its UK business through the construction of a new bespoke facility at the Science Park. The 18,000 sq. ft. premises will accommodate 50 office based staff and provide enhanced space for laboratory work and training.
Managing director of Promega UK, Derek McCall, said: “Our vision is to create a working environment, from both an appearance and sustainability viewpoint, which our employees are proud to work within. More than this, our new laboratory and training facility will enable us to host customer visits and to reach out to the wider community in terms of local colleges and schools, to provide training on applications and technologies in biological research. We hope to enthuse the next generation of life scientists!”
Planning permission for the multi-use buildings and associated landscaping was granted in May this year. Work is due to begin on the site early in 2018.