AJE supports pharmacy co expansion

The site for the new BASF Pharma facility.

A company working on a £1.8m warehouse for a pharmaceutical company has called on the expertise of AJE to help complete the project.

BASF Pharma (Callanish) Ltd is expanding its facility with support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) which has invested up to £1.8m to create the new warehouse at Breasclete on the Isle of Lewis.

AJE has been contracted by Stornoway-based Lewis Builders to fabricate the steel and cladding and to erecting the materials for the new 550 sq m facility at the site where BASF Pharma (Callanish) Ltd occupies a factory which is owned by HIE.

Project manager James Attridge joked: “I have almost finished a project on Shetland (See: Home run nears for huge Shetland job) and thought I might get something a bit local, instead I have been given another remote project. Joking aside, as we have said before, it’s actually what AJE excels at so I am glad to be able to get this project underway.

“At the moment, we are in the pre-construction phase and in the next few weeks will be well into the fabrication side of the project.”

He added: “We will have a team of four experienced steel erector/sheeters on Lewis to deliver the project over a four-month period January to April. The winter working will prove a challenge that we have shown we are up to on many previous projects on remote Scottish Islands.”

The new warehouse will provide much needed storage capacity to support BASF Pharma’s growth plans.

Around 80 people are currently employed at the factory including a team of skilled experts producing highly purified omega 3s as active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Using patented processing technology and sustainable fish oil supplies, the products are used in pharmaceutical and dietary supplements, most of which are exported around the world.

As the company expands its operations, it is expected to create more jobs over the coming years.



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