The UK and Scottish Governments announced earlier in 2018 that Inchinnan, next to Glasgow Airport will be the location of the UK’s Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC).
The £56 million MMIC project is being delivered by Innovate UK, the Centre for Process Innovation, Scottish Enterprise and private sector investment. The project is responding to an identified market demand to maintain innovation in the medicines manufacturing sector and preserve the UK's industry-leading role.
Over the last two years, our Glasgow economics and planning teams have led the site selection process on behalf of the client group. We identified potential locations by understanding occupier requirements, the offers of competitive locations in other jurisdictions, and focussing on locations which would have the maximum strategic economic impact. This demanded knowledge of investment propositions promoted elsewhere and where the UK can gain competitive advantage.
Our analysis generated a heatmap of the UK, highlighting areas performing well against our critical considerations. The remaining sites were evaluated against a weighted scoring system based on factors including location, value for money, ownership, delivery method, availability of infrastructure and environmental considerations. Each of the three shortlisted sites - at Irvine, Grangemouth and at Inchinnan – was considered a viable investment proposition for the further development of medicines manufacturing. At the due diligence stage, we guided the client group and potential bidders. PBA’s transport, geo, environmental and hydro teams also advised on the bids.
The chosen site at Inchinnan in Renfrewshire will see MMIC being delivered as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (Scotland) (AMIDS), a city deal funded initiative.
CPI are now taking the project forward to the design and building phases, and have retained PBA to lead the planning application and provide advice on transport, ground conditions, hydrology, ecology, acoustics and air quality. The appointment of the architectural and building design teams was confirmed at the end of November 2018 and PBA will be advising on the requirements for planning.