Sigma-Aldrich, New QC Laboratory, Gillingham, Dorset
The project was secured by Working Environments direct with the client Sigma-Aldrich. This was due to our team having previously worked on the original development with AMEC Construction and the teams in depth knowledge of the clients high standards and requirements for this high tech quality control science laboratory building.
A strong relationship was further developed with the architect Brimble Lea and Partners to ensure the high quality of finishes and co-ordination within the fabric of the new extension to create the quality controlled laboratory rooms to the highest clean room standards.
The target was to provide a total clean room with air locks to ensure that no contaminates entered the working environment to which the client was carrying out lengthy controlled experiments to ensure the quality control of the products manufactured at this plant. The rooms were close controlled temperature environments with fume extraction and hepa filtration to ensure a maintained clean environment. The challenge on this project was not to affect the client’s production processes within the existing plant areas. Planning and phased changeovers was critical to the success of this project.
The scope of works covered the installation of independently controlled building services with an integration onto the existing BMS management system for the building. New LTHW plant, medical gases including acetylene, hydrogen and nitrogen, natural gas, hot and cold water supplies, fume cupboard ventilation, air handling units, mains power distribution, new lighting, small power voice and data, fire detection and a new tannoy system were just some of the services that had to be incorporated into this new facility.
(The images are a representation of the type of work carried out by Working Environments.)