Bilfinger UK expands its footprint into the pharmaceutical sector in Scotland with £12.5 million GSK project and maintenance contract


  • Provision of electrical and instrumentation installation and access, insulation and painting services at the pharmaceutical giant’s Montrose site
  • 3-Year contract to support projects and maintenance
  • Over 40 Bilfinger employees daily on-site

Bilfinger UK has secured a multi-million-pound project and maintenance contract with multinational pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Bilfinger UK will support the business with the ongoing development and maintenance of its production facilities at Montrose where GSK manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients for a diverse portfolio of HIV, Respiratory and Corticosteroid medical products. 

The three-year contract, which has an option for a further two-year extension, will be delivered under Bilfinger’s Engineering & Maintenance service line and will be supported from its new UK regional office in Grangemouth, Scotland. The contract will commence at the end of July and will involve employment of over 40 personnel.   

Bilfinger UK and GSK see this strategic contract award as the start of a long-term partnership where both parties will work together to deliver on commitments to introduce innovation and continuously improve the quality and efficiency of service delivery.

The agreement will see Bilfinger UK, which employs 2,500 people, provide electrical and instrumentation installation and access, insulation and painting services for the project and maintenance requirements of the Montrose site.

Phillip Maurer, Managing Director, Bilfinger UK, said: “The pharmaceutical sector is a strategic growth area for our business and the award of this major contract with one of the market’s global leaders represents a significant milestone. We look forward to working with GSK to deliver projects and maintenance services across its facilities in Montrose as we continue on our growth journey in Scotland. We’re committed to building a strong relationship over the coming years and are focused on supporting GSK with intelligent solutions as they continue to invest in their regional operations.”

Martin Beale, Scotland Regional Operations Director, Bilfinger UK, said: “The delivery team at site and GSK will benefit from the strength of our offering as we bring innovation, technical expertise and resource to support GSK’s capital investment plans for the Montrose site.”

Glaxo SmithKline plc. (GSK) is a science-led global healthcare company who in 2020 delivered revenues of over £34bn and employed over 94,000 people across the globe. The Group was formed in 2000 as a result of a merger between Glaxo Wellcome plc and SmithKline Beecham plc, and its history can be traced back more than 300 years to the formation of London’s Plough Court Pharmacy in the 1700s.

Bilfinger UK’s services for process industry customers include design, automated control and electrical systems, mechanical services, access, insulation and coatings provision, in service of operations, projects, TARs and maintenance.

The company is one of the UK’s leading providers of integrated engineering and technical services to the process industry and the energy sector. It is part of German engineering and service group, Bilfinger SE.