Quintiles, the only fully integrated biopharmaceutical services company offering clinical, commercial, consulting and capital solutions worldwide, today announced that it is re-locating its European headquarters to within 30 minutes of Heathrow Airport at Green Park, Reading, England, overlooking the M4 motorway.
Bringing together talented and engaged employees from each of its four business pillars in a state-of-the-art facility, the move supports Quintiles' integrated service offering. It is designed to create an even higher level of collaboration and effectiveness among Quintiles' European team to better serve the company's biopharmaceutical customers.
Dr Dennis Gillings, CBE, Quintiles Chairman and CEO, explains: "Our customers are facing an increasingly complex set of challenges which we refer to as the New Health. To help our customers succeed in this new landscape, we are constantly looking at how we can raise our game around team work, customer service and quality - three of our core values. This move to a technologically advanced single site will be a big step forward for our highly talented team and the customers they serve."
The five storey, 120,000 square foot building at 500 Brook Drive, Green Park, is fully equipped with advanced technology to allow Quintiles employees to work seamlessly with colleagues around the globe. Designed and built to the highest sustainability standards, the building has been awarded strong ratings for energy efficiency (EPC) and environmental impact (BREEAM). In May 2010, the British Council for Offices named 500 Brook Drive the winner of its Commercial Workplace Award and it is shortlisted for the National Award, to be announced in October 2010.
This investment by Quintiles follows the opening of its state of the art laboratory and office facility in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2009 and the expansion of its Phase I facility in London, completed in March 2010.
Quintiles employs more than 2000 people in the United Kingdom and in 2010 was named one of the UK's 50 best workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute. It is anticipated that the building will be occupied during late 2011.
UK Trade & Investment Chief Executive, Sir Andrew Cahn, commented: "Quintiles' decision to consolidate their 500 Thames Valley employees at Green Park, and its continued investment in operations in Edinburgh and London, demonstrates the company's commitment to the UK. We greatly value the benefits these investments bring at a local, regional and national level. The company is a leading player in the healthcare industry and we will be working closely with the company to ensure their long term success in the UK."
Rory Carson, Associate Director of Asset Management at Global Real Estate Investment Manager PRUPIM, comments: "We are looking forward to welcoming Quintiles to Green Park in 2011 when they will become members of a vibrant business community of over 4,000 people. As one of Europe's leading office parks, Green Park offers occupiers a great work: life balance set within a stunning landscaped environment. A high level of amenities and excellent transportation links to Heathrow and London all combine to meet the needs of large international occupiers like Quintiles".