Ridge completes new biopharma manufacturing facility in Wales

11 April 2022

Property and construction consultancy Ridge and Partners LLP (Ridge) has delivered a full multidiscipline design, delivery and project management service for a biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Cardiff.

The multi-million project for Cytiva, a global life sciences leader, saw the transformation of a former warehouse unit into a 11,000 m² manufacturing facility that will deliver single-use consumables used in the production of vaccines and cancer therapies. The project is part of a two year $1.5 billion (£1.1 billion) global expansion plan for Cytiva, with the new facility creating 250 local jobs.

The site will manufacture mixer bags, flow kits and tubing assemblies, for the development and production of biopharmaceuticals such as COVID-19 vaccines. Ridge provided a multidisciplinary team of architects, building services engineers, civil engineers, cost consultants, structural engineers, project managers, fire consultants and Health & Safety specialists, to deliver the project in just nine months.

Ridge also delivered the design of new highways and logistics infrastructure to support HGV movement at the site, along with the development of a wider masterplan to integrate the facility into the neighbouring life sciences park.

James Milne-Smith, Cost Management Partner at Ridge, said:

“It’s fantastic to see this facility brought online to support biomanufacturing in the UK. Packaging a high-tech facility into an existing building posed a series of design challenges, with our experts delivering an advanced manufacturing facility – that incorporates occupant health and wellbeing at its core – within the bounds of the existing structure.


“Due to the urgency of the development we needed to work at pace, managing the project from a central team in our Bristol office and drawing on the multidiscipline expertise across Ridge. Driving the programme in a short timeframe meant that we needed to remain agile in our approach – adapting to client changes and meeting the requirements of the specialist cleanroom provider.”

Ridge partnered with global specialists Connect 2 Cleanrooms for the delivery of six ISO 6 standard cleanrooms at the facility.

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