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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Glaxo unveils masterplan for £350m Ulverston development

THE vision for a £350m development in Ulverston has been revealed to the public.

GlaxoSmithKline is unveiling its masterplan for the new biopharmaceutical facility at a series of events in Ulverston.

At the opening event yesterday, GSK bosses – as well as architects and planners behind the new development – showed detailed designs to members of the public.

Construction of the main new facility is set to begin in 2015 but preliminary work on the car park and road will begin beforehand.

At yesterday’s event, GSK’s site biopharm lead Pat McIver said he was keen to hear from the wider Ulverston community about the plans.

“Over the last year or so, there has been an opportunity for stakeholders to help shape the development and understand what local needs are,” Mr McIver said.

“This is a chance for us to open it up to the public.

“There are lots of needs, expectations and hopes over what this will bring and we want to use this opportunity to consult with the public before we make our final submission.”

The plans unveiled yesterday were focused on three phases – the first to include construction of the production building, office space and landscaping, while the final two would be dependent on the new products made at the facility.

Designs on display showed how the production facility will include a canteen area overlooking Morecambe Bay to take advantage of the site’s scenic surroundings.

The second phase, which would not come into play until at least 2021, aims to include new sports club facilities to replace the existing GSK Sports and Social Club used by 1,500 members.

It is hoped that three new football pitches, as well as a sports hall and bowling green, will be built.

Public sessions about the plans are being held at the Coronation Hall in Ulverston on Saturday from noon until 4pm, at the Sports and Social Club in North Lonsdale Road from 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday and at the sports club from noon until 4pm on Saturday, March 1.

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