KWB sources Longbridge Business Park for new Sterling Pharmaceuticals HQ

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KWB has helped source land that will see fast-growing pharmaceuticals manufacturer, Sterling Pharmaceuticals, build a striking new 40,000 sq ft headquarters, designed by Birmingham architects Glancy Nicholls, at St Modwen’s Longbridge Business Park.

Sterling Pharmaceuticals is an innovative Contract Research Development and Manufacturing Organisation (CRDMO) that specialises in the development and large-batch production of non-sterile oral liquids as well as solid dosage forms such as capsules and tablets. The company also manufactures bespoke ‘unlicensed’ medicines through its ‘Sterling Specials’ brand to cater for patients whose medical needs were unmet by licensed medications in the UK.

The pharma company appointed Kenny Allan at KWB and David MacMullen of MacMullen Associates to find a suitable parcel of land after outgrowing its existing R&D and manufacturing sites in Moseley, Birmingham.

CGI of indicative plot for Sterling Pharmaceuticals' new HQ at Longbridge Business Park, Birmingham secured by KWB Industrial
CGI of Sterling Pharmaceuticals’ new HQ at Longbridge Business Park, Birmingham

Kenny Allan, Director of KWB Industrial Agency, said: “Following an extensive search for freehold land in the south west of Birmingham, I’m delighted we have found this site at Longbridge Business Park. The park is fast becoming a hub for leading science, technology, medicine, precision engineering and R&D sectors and offers staff excellent facilities and transport links.”

David MacMullen, Managing Director of MacMullen Associates, added: “Sterling’s new base will be an innovative, state-of-the-art facility enabling them to both manufacture and distribute pharmaceuticals. We look forward to working with Sterling to submit a planning application after Christmas, with a view to construction starting in late 2024.”

Dr Qamar Nawaz, Chief Executive Officer at Sterling Pharmaceuticals, said: “KWB and MacMullen Associates have done a great job in a difficult market to source the the land that will support the next exciting phase of growth for our family business. The new space will enable us to take on a significant number of new staff, bringing our eventual workforce to around 150 – nearly all in highly skilled jobs.”

Elliot Sellars, Development Director at St Modwen, added: “As regeneration at Longbridge continues at pace, it is encouraging to see industry-leading businesses like Sterling Pharmaceuticals choose this developing location as their base for operations, and providing jobs of the highest quality following our major investment in remediating the West Longbridge site.”

For further development land opportunities in the West Midlands, please contact Kenny Allan on 0121 233 2330 or