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.
As part of our campaign 'Meet Our Design Team', we'd like to introduce Martina Antalova, our Design Lead. Martina leads the design delivery, ensuring the design's technical and commercial success; responsible for all aspects of the HVAC design, she guides our multidisciplinary dedicated project teams to produce fully integrated design solutions. Martina provides technical expertise and innovation through all stages of the project from front end consultancy to detailed design. Her role requires strong communication skills, as she works closely with the clients to develop and finalise specialist projects. In her interview, Martina tells us about her role and current projects; she explains what she appreciates the most about her work and what qualities are required to be successful in her role.
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.
As part of our campaign 'Meet BES Design Team', we'd like to introduce Neil Pulman, our Principal Architect. Neil guides our multidisciplinary design teams and clients to ensure effective design of large scale, complex projects with a focus on satisfying client requirements beyond regulatory compliance, to create effective buildings. Neil's work is mainly centred around the feasibility and concept stages of design with an emphasis on site and master planning, and building organization. His experience allows him to break down clients complex requirements in to simple components to provide eloquent solutions that become easy to construct. Here, Neil answers questions about his role, the current projects he's working on and industry challenges.
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.
As part of our campaign 'Meet Our Design Team', we'd like to introduce Marcus Francis, our Design Lead. Marcus leads a multidisciplinary design team from appointment to completion of a project, and is responsible for the designs technical and commercial success. Guiding the design team to produce a coordinated design solution with due regard to both design and construction programmes and budgetary requirements, he provides technical expertise and innovation through all stages of the project including Concept, Basic and Detailed design and ensures compliance with regulatory standards. In delivering projects for major Blue Chip Clients Marcus has been praised for his innovative approach and attention to detail. In his interview, Marcus talks about his approach to design of pharmaceutical and healthcare sophisticated environments and explains why he enjoys working in the industry.
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.
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.