Recipharm chooses BES for $5.4m medical device facility expansion

Published: 16-Feb-2022

The specialist in controlled environments has been chosen for the Recipharm UK expansion

BES, the specialist in controlled environments for the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, has been awarded a £4 million ($5.4m) project to design, construct and commission a medical device production facility for manufacturer Recipharm who market their devices under the Bespak by Recipharm brand.

Bespak by Recipharm delivers design, development and manufacture of drug delivery devices to the global pharmaceutical market. This includes inhaler, nasal technologies and auto-injectors as well as development and manufacturing services.

Located at Recipharm's King's Lynn manufacturing site, the project involves refurbishment of a large section of Building 7; a facility originally designed and constructed by BES in 2014. The original project included additional capacity to enable Recipharm to futureproof for expansion and the new facilities will allow the company to realise that goal, complementing existing inhaler manufacturing within another building on site.

Developing the client's initial RIBA stage 2 design, BES has leveraged the expertise of its multidisciplinary team

BES is principal designer and principal contractor on the project, which continues Recipharm's futureproofing strategy with a flexible design that will enable ease of repurposing should Recipharm choose to refocus its operations. The existing office areas will be retained and will remain in use throughout the project, while existing cleanrooms and fallow areas will be stripped out, remodelled and refurbished to accommodate plastic injection moulding and assembly capabilities.

Developing the client's initial RIBA stage 2 design, BES has leveraged the expertise of its multidisciplinary team, suite of technological tools and knowledge of the original Building 7 specification to provide significant improvements within the finished stage 4 design, including utilising waste heat from the process systems for use in the HVAC plant. The cooling process system also includes an innovative recovery system which collects and re-uses water from moulding process.

The building services design also involves new chillers and new Air Source Heat Pumps, with standby capability incorporating the process systems, chilled water, compressed air and boiler systems to underpin operational continuity and minimise the risk of unscheduled downtime.

The process requires the extensive overhead cranes to be incorporated into the structure. BES's knowledge of the existing portal frame design have helped to overcome the challenges of the additional loads, as well as the need to suitably coordinate new and existing services as well. Both the building services and the architectural design have also factored in the need for business-as-usual operation of the building while the new facilities are constructed, and the BES team has developed a phased programme around the client's operational requirements.

Architecturally, the BES team was also responsible for reconfiguring the space to create the revised layout and altering the goods in and goods out arrangements in line with the remodelling.

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Working collaboratively with the client BES has designed the project in Revit. A Navisworks has been utilised to demonstrate 3D visualisation and aid co-ordination of services with the process and equipment layout. The design team used IES software to undertake thermal modelling of the building, which helped to design out new ventilation plant whilst utilising capabilities of the existing ventilations systems. This has provided significant cost savings and minimised installation time required for strip-out and new plant installation.

Alfred Cook, FM Technical Projects Manager from Recipharm comments: "BES has carried out a number of successful projects for us at multiple UK sites over the past 10 years and their experience of our operational and commercial priorities makes them a trusted delivery partner. They have worked collaboratively with our team throughout the design process for our new injection moulding facilities to develop the design around our process requirements and business-critical need to maintain uninterrupted operating conditions."

"Work has now started on the construction phase and, thanks to BES' multidisciplinary team, we can be confident of a joined-up approach across the complete turnkey project," Cook added. "We look forward to handover in Q3 2022.&"

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