US science company Waters secured planning permission last month to build a new headquarters for its mass spectometry (MS) business ona 37-acre site previously occupied by Ciba-Geigy Life Sciences and vacant since 1998..
The 218,000 sq ft scheme will unite Waters’ existing mass spectrometry operations, currently located in four separate sites in South Manchester and Altrincham, for more than 500 employees.
Plans for the new facility include customer demonstration laboratories, research and development and manufacturing capabilities, due to open in 2013.
Faithful+Gould will also be advising on the environmental challenges involved in the project, including habitat protection and relocation, for instance there is a significant bat roost within an existing building on site.
Faithful+Gould regional director John MacDonald said: “This is a major investment for the Waters Corporation, providing a world class R&D building and HQ site for mass spectrometry innovation. It was great to be able to demonstrate to them our successful track record in this type of facility, building on our recent record of delivering similar world class pharmaceutical projects.”