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12 December, 2018 - 13:31 By Tony Quested

AstraZeneca contractor scales fresh heights with new Cambridge base

Access specialist PHD Group, the primary scaffolding contractor at AstraZeneca’s new facility at Cambridge Biomedical Campus, is setting up a satellite office in the UK and Europe’s leading science & technology cluster.

The move – hopefully next spring – will create 40 jobs initially, the company reveals. 

PHD has earmarked Cambridge as a key growth hub for its regional expansion plans considering the potential of the developing Oxford2Cambridge Arc.

Established as a scaffolding firm in 1982, PHD offers global expertise in managing innovative access solutions in complex building environments, including in the Pharma, R & D and data industries. The group now turns over £40 million and employs 400 workers with projects across the UK and abroad.

PHD Group offers scaffolding, mast and hoist access solutions for large projects across the UK and abroad and also includes a company called Project 7 which creates bespoke structures for venues, such as the retractable seating in West Ham’s London Stadium.

Government focus on infrastructure investment in the CaMkOx Arc has given PHD confidence in Cambridge as an obvious fit for its growth strategy. 

Alan Brockhouse (pictured), CEO of the PHD Group, said: “Our work at Cambridge Biomedical Campus has evidenced PHD’s capabilities in supporting complex builds across industry sectors, where our experience and range of innovative solutions keeps multi-million pound projects on track.

“As we look, in 2019, to expand our operations into key growth areas across the UK, and with the potential for long-term contracts along the length of the CaMkOx Corridor, Cambridge is a natural fit for a new satellite centre.

“We are in the process of establishing a permanent national network to service our clients and see Cambridge as one of our major hubs. The fact we have a number of large projects on the go at the same time means we are in the position to guarantee employment to our workers and create stable jobs.”

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