The Centre for Process Innovation has signed a new lease on its 47,000 sq ft site at the Wilton Centre, the largest deal at the science and business park for more than a decade.
The technology innovation centre, which has been based at the Wilton Centre for the past 13 years, has committed to a further seven-year lease on its office, laboratory, pilot plant and scale up space.
More than 120 people work for CPI at the Wilton Centre, which aims to support the UK process manufacturing industry by helping to overcome innovation challenges and developing next generation products and processes.
CPI bridges the gap between early stage concept and scalable commercial process. Early and mid-stage technologies are characterised against scale-associated risk and guided by an understanding of relevant cost contribution.
Utilising its state of the art facilities and technical expertise, it helps its clients to de-risk process development. his is achieved through proof of concept testing to accelerate the commercialisation of new products and process technologies.
Its multidisciplinary team has completed feasibility assessments, process development projects and piloting studies for UK, European and international clients.
Steve Duffield, site director at the Wilton Centre, said: “It’s not just good news for the Wilton Centre that CPI has committed to be here for the next seven years, but for all the companies and organisations which have chosen to cluster around them creating a process innovation hub. They are helping to contribute to the future success of the North East economy.”
The re-letting to CPI at the 75-acre science and business park follows the re-letting of 29,000 sq ft of office space to SABIC, and new leases of 40,000 sq ft of office and training space to The Faraday Training Group, in addition to 15,000 sq ft of office and laboratory space to FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies.
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