Hundreds of new jobs at Dunsbury Park development
Tuesday July 21st, 2020
Portsmouth City Council’s award-winning business park Dunsbury Park will be a major part of the post-Covid-19 recovery after a major new engineering, manufacturing tenant will be moving to Hampshire.
Work will start this summer on building the new 120,000 sq ft manufacturing facility for Bio Pure Technologies Ltd – a fluid-path component manufacturer for the biotechnology industry. The building will be completed later next year.
Bio Pure Technologies Ltd is part of global award-winning engineering company Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group – a niche pump and associated fluid path manufacturer and subsidiary of FTSE100 Company Spirax-Sarco Engineering PLC.
The new unit the council is building on the 45 acre site it owns next to junction 3 of the A3(M) is expected to be ready for production in 2022 when it will create around 120 new jobs and hundreds more jobs will be created during later phases of the project.
A Bio Pure spokesperson said the new facility will help to support the companies’ ambitious vision, growth, and commitment to supporting customers worldwide.
Andrew Mines, managing director of Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group said: “We’re immensely proud to be able to reinforce Bio Pure’s position as a major employer in the Portsmouth area and are delighted to be working with Portsmouth City Council on this expansion project.
“Bio Pure is an important member of the Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology family and their products are highly valued by customers in the biopharmaceutical sector, a sector which has been at the forefront of news during the global pandemic.
“We are excited to be able to expand to this larger facility to support our growing business.”
The project follows the success of global clothing brand Fat Face, who, in 2017, opened its international distribution unit in Dunsbury Park. 2017 was also the year that Dunsbury Park was named Business Park of the Year at the prestigious South Coast Property Awards.
Dunsbury is also home to a DPD logistics plant and the headquarters of VW van specialist Breeze Motor Group.
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The council was represented in the transaction by Lambert Smith Hampton and Avison Young.