Sisk to build Moderna vaccine facility at Harwell Science Campus


Moderna vaccine facility

Sisk has been selected by Moderna as its preferred bidder for the fit-out of its new vaccine facility at the Harwell Science Campus in Oxfordshire

The new Moderna vaccine facility will provide the UK public with access to mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 and potentially other emerging respiratory health threats.

When complete, the facility will have the capacity to produce up to 250m vaccines per year in the event of a pandemic, bolstering the UK’s future pandemic resilience strategy.

The vaccine facility is expected to become operational in 2025

Construction on site has already begun with the facility expected to become operational in 2025, subject to planning and regulatory approvals.

Harwell is the UK’s leading science and innovation campus, where government, academia, and industry collaborate to solve the critical problems facing our planet.

The campus is home to £3bn national facilities and 6,000 colleagues committed to scientific discovery and understanding.

The facility will leverage mRNA technology to develop vaccines for the UK public

Donal McCarthy, COO of Life Sciences, Data & Tech, Sisk, said: “Sisk is pleased to announce that it has won its first major life sciences project in the UK. We have a demonstrable track record of working with key US blue chip clients in Ireland and across Europe.

“After some key appointments internally, we now have the capability to bring this skillset to the UK. We look forward to delivering a world class facility for Moderna and growing our Life Sciences offering across the UK.”

Nicolas Chornet, senior vice president for Resilience Operations and MITC Site head at Moderna, said: “Construction of the MITC is well underway and we are delighted to collaborate with Sisk on this vital phase of the project.

“Upon completion, the facility will leverage cutting-edge mRNA technology to develop innovative vaccines for the UK public and we look forward to contributing to the UK’s dynamic life science sector through the onshoring of mRNA vaccines and therapeutics.”

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