Ardmac on site at NBMC Darlington


Company is currently delivering cleanrooms at the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre in the UK

Ardmac is now live on site delivering cleanrooms at the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Darlington in the UK. Following an extensive design phase, which included contemporary architectural design of exhibition spaces and live R&D environments by Archial Norr, works are now underway at the facility.

With all labs and cleanrooms requiring flexibility for a number of different processes, project delivery of this kind is not without its challenges. The lack of roof space means that there has not been sufficient head height to accommodate a walk-on ceiling, so M&E services must be installed from below. Ardmac has provided a flexible approach to its construction methodology to allow for walls to be installed initially, followed by the ceiling. This will give provision for the M&E first fix installation to overlap with the architectural fit out of the walling.

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'Projects like this are always interesting for our team. They allow us to draw on our extensive knowledge of high GMP architectural practice and combine it with more contemporary layouts and architectural features that a modern building like this commands,' said Ardmac Senior Engineer Lee Harvey.

'As a Centre for Process Innovation, the cleanrooms need process flexibility, so it is very highly serviced. We have worked extremely closely with both the architect and Interserve’s M&E team to create a fully integrated BIM model to ensure that all project functions are working towards the same goal – an amazing, high quality, high GMP centre of process excellence.'