Pharmaceutical and biotechnology

WSP understands the challenges that the pharmaceutical industry is facing with R&D pipeline issues, the reduction in the cost of goods after manufacturing, regulatory reforms, and environmental concerns.

Our clients can be reassured by the fact that our consultants, engineers, and project managers have previously worked in the industry and have first-hand experience with the challenges you face. As a company, we have more than 50 years of experience supporting the pharmaceutical industry. We understand your business drivers and will bring inspired new ideas to your projects. Our teams work with pharmaceutical clients worldwide during the strategic planning stage, providing site master planning, concept studies, feasibility studies, and front end design. 

When you have secured capital funding, we can put together a multidisciplinary team to deliver a full Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management, and Validation (EPCMV) offering. Our international presence enables us to build you the best project team using our consultants and engineers from our Pharmaceutical Process Engineering Centre of Excellence and other global pharmaceutical hubs. Our industry leaders and our local experts can integrate with your team to ensure complete collaboration with your supply chain.

Our pharmaceutical support does not end when a capital project is completed: we have teams of engineers who work constantly on site, providing both operational and business improvement services. Not only do we deliver this support using alliance partnerships to ensure that you get the highest level of flexibility and value, we also provide the ongoing benefits of our international pharmaceutical expertise applied at site level.

Our team also provides detailed support for environmental, health, safety, sustainability, and energy requirements management. We offer an extensive suite of services from strategic support to meet sustainability challenges, planning support for new developments, as well as assistance in meeting the full range of safety and environmental requirements, including process safety, design safety review, major accident hazard management, and emissions control and permitting. WSP also has a group of top tier international experts who support pharmaceutical sector clients with product stewardship and product safety requirements, including REACH chemicals policy and hazard classifications.

Whether streamlining automation processes for pandemic preparedness, developing a concept study and capital investment plan for a complex multiproduct plant, or refurbishing existing facilities without disrupting ongoing operations, our rigorous yet flexible approach has earned the trust of diversified and non-diversified multinational clients such as GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, and local clients, while yielding numerous project successes and awards.

Procurement to Production

Our extensive portfolio of projects has encompassed design, engineering, project management, construction, and consultancy for:

  • Research and development facilities
  • Laboratories
  • High-level containment laboratories
  • Production and packaging facilities
  • Formulation and dosage facilities
  • Warehousing and logistics
  • Infrastructure and support facilities
  • Flexible facilities
  • Medical devices
  • Process intensification, process modelling, and facility improvements

Industry Recognition

Our expertise has been recognised by world-leading institutions, including:

  • The International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE), Facility of the Year 2013 Award for the Equipment Innovation for the Med-Immune Automation Upgrade project.
  • European Construction Institute (ECI), Case Study Project of the Year 2012: we delivered value-enhancing practice using ECI-ACTIVE principles for the effective storage of Pfizer’s high-value pharmaceutical products.