The official launch of the £38m National Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Darlington which is developed and managed by the Centre for Process Innovation took place in September 2015. This new centre provides companies with open access facilities and expertise to help them develop, prove and commercialise new and improved processes and technologies for biologics manufacture.

Plans to build the new centre were announced in 2012 as a result of the UK government’s Strategy for UK Life Sciences, which was launched in 2011 to strengthen the life-science sector. The strategy outlined a vision for the UK to be a global leader in the life science sector. The £38m investment was made by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills through InnovateUK.

SES Engineering Services (SES) was appointed to provide M&E services to this highly complex and technical build to deliver a new build three-storey laboratory facility with both HVAC and Process Installations providing flexible testing facilities for new process and technology development.

Demonstrating our technical authority on the project the site team, Prism and the BIM team worked tirelessly to deliver an inspiring world-class building with much of the build being built off site which allowed thousands of man hours to be taken off the programme critical path also minimising on-road transportation and site congestion.

In 2015, the project team were Highly Commended at the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards in the Integration and Collaborative Working category.

In 2015

CENE award achieved

3,950 hours

saved by using Prism

70% of local labour

used within a 50 mile radius


build value