Project background

Acies is providing full civil and structural design for a £150 million new build multimodal bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing building in Teeside, comprising a 300 ha site, adjacent to the client’s current facilities.

What did we do?

The facility will accommodate cleanroom manufacturing areas plus supporting plantrooms, delivery and warehousing and office accommodation. There will also be separate utility buildings to accommodate solid and liquid waste treatment. Our complete design, from inception to handover, includes piled foundations, steel frames, pre-cast concrete lift shafts, underground drainage systems and external hardstanding areas.

How did we do it?

We worked as part of an integrated design and project management team with IPS, which led the design and provided all other design disciplines and project management. Our combined expertise in pharmaceutical manufacturing, together with our close working relationships, enabled us to establish the client’s requirements and develop these into a construction design to meet the client’s fast track programme.

What challenges did we face or help to resolve?

The project was delivered to a fast track programme, with the construction of the civil and structural elements required on-site prior to the completion of the architectural, process and mechanical, electrical and plumbing design. This required a high degree of flexibility in the design and an agile design approach. The complexity of the underground drainage, with several different systems to separate various types of process waste along with foul and surface water systems, required detailed coordination.

How did we resolve those challenges?

Our integrated approach to working with IPS enabled us to deliver the civil and structural design to meet the client’s construction programme. The entire project, including the underground drainage, has been modelled in REVIT to building information modelling (BIM) level 2 utilising BIM 360 for collaboration.

What impact did our work have for the client?

The project is working to achieve a BREEAM rating of Very Good. Low-carbon technologies include solar panels installed on the roof. The completed project will provide the client with a flexible building that is able to accommodate their changing business needs.