Celebrating 20 years of Scitech

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In 2002, a group of like-minded specialists in the design, engineering and construction industry took the leap and formed Scitech. Their vision was to create a company that was at the cutting edge of engineering solutions targeted specifically at the pharmaceutical and life science sectors. They sought freedom and had a desire for flexibility to provide innovative solutions that serviced the bespoke needs of their customers focused on delivering results and making a difference.

Twenty years on their mission still holds true and their small team has grown substantially with colleagues based across the breadth of the UK and beyond.

Scitech have established offices in Antwerp, Cardiff and have custom built a head office in Godalming, Surrey. Scitech’s reach now extends beyond the pharmaceutical and life science sector to include many other sectors that also depend on highly regulated and controlled R&D manufacturing processes.

To mark its 20th year, Scitech’s employees share their memories and reflect on what they feel makes Scitech unique.

Nicola Hale (South East Operations Manager) one of the founding members of Scitech, said: “We set up Scitech because we wanted to do interesting work, enjoy our work and be in charge of our destiny. The company has grown but that mentality is still very much there. It is helping us to attract the type of people who like tackling novel challenges and finding solutions that make a difference to our clients. I love that we can work with small start-ups and see that we are really adding value – it’s very rewarding.”

Duncan Sansom, Construction Operations Manager, has worked with Scitech for 18 years. He added: “Scitech has always had a ‘can-do’ attitude. We are fortunate enough to work in cutting edge sectors with numerous experts in their field, making the whole project (concept to construction and validation) a challenging and rewarding experience. The family atmosphere within Scitech has allowed me to progress from joining as a civil engineer to a construction manager, project manager and now my current role. All in-house departments work together to deliver excellent projects for our clients meaning I have been able to maintain many long-term relationships with clients and colleagues within Scitech.”

Greg Barthram, a recent employee to join Scitech as an Electrical Engineer said: “I was attracted to Scitech when I read about the company’s values – the attraction was immediate. Employee wholeness and employee happiness in turn provide for better customer service, so it’s a win-win for me. I love innovative approaches and Scitech’s results speak for themselves. Companies who trust their employees matter a great deal to me, and the opportunity to set my own work-life balance is immense.”

Scitech prides itself on ensuring the health and happiness of its employees, and their families, through a combination of flexible working practices and well-being support initiatives. As a 100% employee-owned company, it also fosters a culture of participation, transparency and engagement with employees having a say in how the company is run via its Employee Owners Forum.

Emma Dawas, HR Manager, said: “Employee Ownership (EO) is all about collective responsibility – we all strive to create a working environment where people feel fulfilled and rewarded.  Our positive ‘EO’ culture is one of main reasons we have such motivated, happy staff.”

What our clients say

Scitech have the specialist knowledge and capabilities to ensure a compliant solution was delivered. Engaging with Scitech early in a project can ensure the correct approach is made and offer significant time and financial benefits to the overall result.

Dr S. J. Archibald , University of Hull

Scitech’s designers fully understood the nature and requirements of our business and engaged with the users to develop a modular design for the cell culture laboratories and GMP suites.  The project was delivered successfully and ongoing support was provided to ensure the commissioning and functional operation of the laboratories.

Head of Facilities, Covance

The facility enables us to reconfigure the laboratories with minimal time and effort, in order to meet the changing needs of our work.

Laboratory Manager, B530 Discovery Park, Pfizer

I’ve used Scitech to act as consultants and provide commissioning services on two major radiopharmaceutical production facilities in Belfast and Cardiff. Scitech were a key partner in designing, commissioning and validating the facility and played a major part in successfully delivering a functioning facility.

Dr Chris Marshall , Operations Director, Cardiff University

We needed a company to partner with us at all stages, from initial feasibility, through detailed facility design on the build programme and to the final commissioning. We have been impressed by the technical calibre of the Scitech team and their overall professional approach to keeping our project on time, specification and budget. We look forward to our facility opening in 2012 following a true partnership with the full Scitech team.

Mark Dean-Netscher, Chief Operating Officer, Penn Pharma

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