Manufacturing centre construction progress

Keep up to date with the construction of our £55m large-scale GMP manufacturing centre currently under construction in Stevenage.

July 2017

Final commissioning is now taking place and the centre is almost ready for the first collaborators. 

June 2017

Corridors and cleanrooms are now almost complete. Utility pannels are also installed in the cleanrooms ready for the first collaborators. 

May 2017

The centre's interiour is really coming along and you can now see the final finishes. Photos show clean rooms including utility pannels and air vents and also the back of a utility panel. 

April 2017

Communal area's begin to take shape. Photos show QC lab, wet plant room and offices. 

March 2017

Construction continues on both the interiour and exterior of the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult manufacturing centre. Photos here show the north view of the centre, what will become office space and one of the clean rooms. 
Press release: Fisher BioServices’ CryoHub to co-locate with manufacturing centre

February 2017

All major plant items are now in position, with cleanrooms constructed and flooring in progress. Photos are taken from roof level, intersticial area and IT room. 

December 2016

Plant equipment continues to be installed at the manufacturing centre. Here we can see the GRP weatherproof housings for roof top electrical and control equipment, the main water systems pump ‘skids’ for heating and chilled water services and the air handling plant of the centre roof. 

November 2016

The interior spaces of the centre begin to materialise while the main air handling plant is now located on the centre roof. 
Press release: Autolus to manufacture at the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult
News: Advanced Therapies Manufacturing Taskforce report published

October 2016

With the exterior of the centre nearing completion, work continues on interior fittings. 
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September 2016

The final look of the manufacturing centre is beginning to materialise both internally and externally. Final layer of equitone cladding is added to the exterior and interior walls begin to define the clean room spaces.
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August 2016

The building is beginning to take shape with glazing and external cladding being installed.

July 2016

Next a layer of insulation is added to give sound and thermal insulation to the building. Service hangers are installed to fit the walk-on ceiling above the modules on the ground floor.

June 2016

First layer of breathable waterproof membrane is added to the outside of the building, the membrane will ensure the building is weatherproof.

May 2016

Walls and ceilings begin to take shape.

April 2016

Floors begin to take shape separating the 4 floors and services roof space of the manufacturing centre.

March 2016

Stairs now connect the separate floors in different areas of the facility, which could potentially contain 12 flexible clean room modules.

February 2016

First section of steel framework arrive on site, the 7,200m2 GMP manufacturing centre begins to take shape.

December 2015

First pile cap foundations are laid at the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst campus site.

November 2015

Construction initiated on Cell Therapy Catapult’s £55 million cell and gene therapy manufacturing centre
Cell Therapy Catapult to create cell therapy manufacturing site in Stevenage

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