An initiative to create a life science and advanced manufacturing park in Ulverston has been officially launched in a bid to bring up to 1,000 new high skilled jobs to the area.

MP Simon Fell and the Life Science Minister George Freeman as well as other stakeholders were part of a virtual roundtable to launch Ulverston Life science & Advanced Manufacturing Park (LAMP) on Tuesday (October 31).

The Conservative MP for Barrow and Furness said: “My thanks to Life Science Minister George Freeman for joining our virtual roundtable to officially launch Ulverston LAMP yesterday.

“A partnership between my office, Westmorland & Furness Council, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Ulverston LAMP is an initiative which seeks to bring up to 1,000 new high-skilled, high wage jobs to Ulverston, building on the 75-year legacy of GSK.

“Following an exhaustive master-planning exercise, proposals are now on the table for a life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and research facility on the outskirts of Ulverston, using over 12 hectares of development land.

“Yesterday’s roundtable brought together potential partners including CPI, MMIC, Lancaster University, the Office for Life Sciences, Westmorland & Furness Council, DLUCH, DBT, DSIT and GSK.

“Minister Freeman has agreed to continue to work with the LAMP steering committee as we refine and develop our proposals.”

The proposed site in Ulverston currently belongs to pharmaceutical giant GSK, which is winding down its operation there ahead of closure in 2025.

A report setting out stakeholders’ vision for the site states: “This site will be a catalyst for regeneration and create a landscape driven campus of excellence with a focus on life sciences and advanced manufacturing, bringing new, high value jobs to Ulverston and building on the rich history of manufacturing within the Furness Peninsula.”

“Ulverston LAMP will be the anchor for a new and expanding hub of life sciences, renewable energy, research and advanced manufacturing businesses. It will also build on the significant government investment going into the BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow towards the national defence endeavour”, the report adds.