With over 45 years' experience working on a wide range of design and build projects specialising in HVAC, LEV and building services design for Cleanrooms and Laboratories in the Life Science sector, John works closely with clients, Mechanical Designers and Design Leads to advise on all areas of mechanical design. John carries out the technical review of mechanical designs. During his time at BES, John has led the design of sterile and non-sterile cleanrooms, drug research and QC laboratories, hospital pharmacies, toxic and non-toxic drug compounding suites; both in the UK and Middle East. Here, John reveals what he finds the most interesting about working in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, and explains his biggest professional challenges at the moment.
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.
Our BD Manager, Garry Horrocks discusses the importance of managing the financial and operational risk associated with hospital clean room and aseptic facilities, highlighting an example in the Middle East where lack of specialist expertise in the original design led to costly and time-consuming re-design, strip out and retrofit.
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.
With more than 20 years experience working within the pharmaceutical sector, Darren has played a lead role managing Architectural design and project teams throughout his career at BES. His appointment to Design Director in January 2016 allowed him to consolidate our multi-disciplined team and to provide a level of leadership and coordination that consistently delivers fully integrated design solutions. In the interview, Darren talks about his current role at BES and explains what he finds the most exciting and challenging about working in the pharmaceutical industry.
With a continued reliance on digital communication and more sophisticated planning software, project delivery needs real face to face interaction more than ever. The BES 'Plan Do Review' or 'PDR' process is a tried and tested forum which encourages communication and collaboration and is an integral part of our project delivery.
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.
We are delighted to announce that BES will be joining one of the fastest growing business communities in the UK, the Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce. Representing over a quarter of the Milton Keynes workforce, the Chamber is the proud winner of two British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) national Chamber Awards in the last two years. This respected and influential local organisation offers its members a number of opportunities which can benefit our business and employees.
We are looking forward to attending the Annual Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards Dinner on 9 October 2018 at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel. The Awards Dinner is a great occasion to network with industry colleagues whilst celebrating the best in the healthcare sector.
We are pleased to announce the opening of BES Southern Office in Milton Keynes. As part of the company's ambitious growth plans, the opening will enable BES to respond more quickly to the needs of our southern clients and will allow us to build on our reputation and success to date. The decision to open a new office was integral to the future development of the company, which has enjoyed substantial growth since it was established in 2002. Reacting to the demands of our clients, it was clear that a southern office would help us best serve these customers and we quickly identified Milton Keynes as the ideal location for us. With its close proximity to the main bio sciences and healthcare organisations found in Oxford, Cambridge and London, Milton Keynes offers superb transport links combined with fantastic amenities.