Castle Building Services has been appointed as principal contractor for the state-of-the-art PragmatIC Park electronics facility in Durham, which is expected to create 500 skilled jobs over the next five years.

PragmatIC Semiconductor, which manufactures flexible integrated circuits, recently announced the location of its new UK site, PragmatIC Park, will be on the Meadowfield Industrial Estate, Durham.

The factory will transform the present brownfield industrial site into a modern semiconductor production facility, incorporating features that significantly improves sustainability compared to traditional manufacturing.

As principal contractor, Castle Building Services is working alongside In Architecture, Kinetic Engineers Ltd, Portland Consultancy, BlueKeep Building Control and Northern Engineering Services.

Headquartered in Hebburn, with a headcount of 134 and offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Teesside and Leeds, Castle Building Services, which last year recorded £30 million turnover, is one of the UK’s leading providers of building services, offering a wide range of high-quality engineering and contracting services covering all aspects of building, mechanical, public health, renewable and electrical engineering.

Working across the UK, its growing reputation for the successful delivery of a diverse and complex range of projects has been built on four core values – innovation, efficiency, honesty and pride.

Andrew Dawson, managing director at Castle Building Services, said: “After a successful tender process, we have been appointed as principal contractor to deliver the facility at PragmatIC Park.

“Teamwork will play a big role in this project and we will work alongside a range of high-calibre, North East companies, to install all specialist infrastructure, including renovation works and enhancement to the building structure, to incorporate the clean room and associated laboratories and offices.

“PragmatIC Park is a huge coup for the region. As well as the investment in innovative technology and high-value manufacturing, it will bring hundreds of new jobs to the area, as the North East continues at the forefront of sustainable digital technology.”

Ken Williamson, chief operating officer at PragmatIC Semiconductor, commented: “We are really excited about our new PragmatIC Park site in Durham, which is the ideal location for our second FlexLogIC fab – the first 300mm wafer fab in the UK. We look forward to ramping up production to meet the growing global demand for embedding electronics in everyday objects.”