New R&D facility for infection prevention manufacturer
20 April 2017
GAMA Healthcare, a world leader in the manufacture and development of infection prevention products for the healthcare sector, is progressing with plans to build a 2-story state-of-the-art research and development facility in the Greetland area of Halifax, in North Dean Business Park, on Stainland Road.
The proposed development, spread across 11,765 sq ft, is projected to cost £2m and comprises a contemporary open-office environment with advanced research laboratories and auxiliary space to produce and test product samples.
Managing director & co-founder of GAMA Healthcare Dr. Guy Braverman said: “Plans for the new R&D facility are geared towards facilitating an up-to-date environment for research and innovation breakthroughs with industry leading practices. The laboratories will be capable of conducting detailed up-to-date research in all aspects of microbiology, infection control and analytical chemistry. A pilot plant is being incorporated to allow experimental small product runs enabling our teams to conduct trials and be proactive with quality assurance and internal testing. The facility will also incorporate a mock hospital room to replicate real life scenarios.”
GAMA Healthcare is aligning their new laboratories with standards set out in the ISO 17025 standards, although the facility won’t initially be accredited. The building will be an offspring to GAMA Healthcare’s head office in Watford and support their international presence, involving offices in 6 cities across 3 continents.
Braverman explained that, if approved, the R&D institute will be a paramount resource to GAMA Healthcare, as well as the professional community locally.
“The new infrastructure, we’re proposing, provides a progressive permanent home and allots room for us to expand. In the first year of operation, GAMA Healthcare will be looking to recruit for at least 10 new positions for varied roles in microbiology, biomedical science, chemistry, quality control, analytical services, technician and administration.”
GAMA Healthcare’s previous workplace in Calderdale was badly damaged in the Boxing Day floods in 2015 and since, 6 members of staff have been working nearby in a temporary space in Luddendenfoot. To bring GAMA Healthcare’s vision to fruition, ensuring all requirements are met, they’ve sourced Fletcher-Rae, Manchester based architectural firm, to technically design the scheme. Their plans involve demolishing the former 1970s Riverside House to make way for their custom built R&D project. The new build is designed to blend in with the neighbouring developments, complement the woodlands and overlook the River Calder with landscape grounds and a large spacious terrace.
GAMA Healthcare, under the sub-brand of Clinell, Carell, Cleanall, is said to be the largest supplier of wet and dry wipes in the United Kingdom.