Today we visited homelessness charity, Lifeshare to make a donation of £850. This time our fantastic staff raised funds at BES Christmas Raffle. Thank you again for your support and generosity! Lifeshare is a voluntary organisation established to help meet the needs of homeless and vulnerable people in Manchester and Salford, offering practical assistance, support and information.
Works are progressing well on the construction of the new 7,500m2 packing hall at our Macclesfield site. Following the demolition of existing warehouse racking, and removal of the existing slab, we have installed new foundations and slab to enable the construction of the mezzanine steel framed plant deck. The mezzanine floor slab has been poured in readiness for the delivery of Air Handling and Water Purification plant. Demonstrating flexibility and collaborative approach taken throughout the project, we completed this crucial phase in only 8 weeks.
Working in operational facilities, without affecting Business as Usual can be extremely challenging. BES are accustomed to working in these areas and bring a level of expertise that surpasses any others. Stakeholder liaison is key to ensure that the activities can be coordinated seamlessly with the ongoing operations. However, the prime objective is to segregate the areas to ensure that Operator safety, environmental conditions and cleanliness are maintained within the operational areas.
Over the last three years, our project has been used as a benchmark for AstraZeneca's Global engineering projects around the globe based on our impressive culture and SHE statistics along with all other delivery aspects. AstraZeneca are therefore keen to trial new initiatives on our project to test their effectiveness and practicalities of implementation.
Our new client is a world leading biopharmaceutical group committed to developing and producing medications used in oncology, endocrinology and neuromuscular disorders. Their UK's biologics centre of excellence, dedicated to the manufacturing and global supply of one of their key products, had a requirement to develop a solution for a bespoke cold room around three automated vertical storage units located in the existing packing and storage facility.
We had a great evening at the Rochdale Business Awards on Friday night! The annual event is organised and sponsored by the local business community and this year it took place on 9 November 2018 at the beautiful Rochdale Town Hall. We were delighted to be shortlisted in the category of 'Employee of the year', and although we were not fortunate enough to win, it was fantastic to see and support so many competitive and thriving businesses from Rochdale Borough.
Our Business Development Manager, Gary Horrocks is looking forward to attending the UK's largest laboratory event, Lab Innovations. The event is taking place on 31 October at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Gary will join the top industry practitioners to share his expertise, learn and network.
As we continue to go from strength to strength, we're thrilled to welcome Suzy Smith to our Sales and Marketing team. Suzy joins BES as Business Development Manager. She will be working from the Milton Keynes office with the focus on developing relationships with clients in the Southern region.
A key milestone has been reached in the design and construction of the new warehouse and packing hall for AstraZeneca in Macclesfield. Following the successful completion of works at high bay and low bay warehouse, we have now commenced the packing pall phase of the project. The packing hall at over 7,500m2 will make provision for 14no grade D primary packing rooms with common secondary accommodation.
At BES, we are very proud of our designers, architects and engineers, whose individual expertise and talent combine to create an effective multidisciplinary team. In order to meet demands of constantly developing pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, our specialists are committed to an ongoing process of learning through research and training. As a part of our ongoing support to the personal development of our employees, we arrange regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminars to keep our employees abreast of the changing technologies and provide insight to new products and solutions.