Expansion plans for a new multi-million pound site for Portsmouth company CTS Europe have been approved. CTS Europe specialise in the design, construction and commissioning of Laboratory Containment Systems for some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.
Currently CTS Europe are located in Hilsea. This new site will be on the former Ministry of Defence Portsdown site next to Fort Southwick.
A statement submitted by Harrington Design Architects with the planning application said
‘The current business is operating successfully and outgrowing their existing accommodation…They are now looking to develop the business in new accommodation more fitting to their profile as a major designer and producer of flume cupboards.’
The statement added that the new facility on the western part of the Portsdown Hill site would allow the business to ‘become an even stronger local business’.
Portsmouth City Council planning officers said the scheme would ‘improve the setting’ of the Grade I-listed fort.
‘The proposal would re-use previously developed land as an employment site facilitating the expansion of a business, creating additional employment opportunities and injecting economic growth into the local area…In addition, the proposal would enhance the aesthetics of the site by replacing excessive hardstandings with a well-designed building and enriched soft landscaping scheme.’