Early cancer diagnosis, research and treatment have advanced exponentially in recent years, improving patient outcomes. As our understanding of cancer develops and treatments become increasingly sophisticated, there is a need to custom-prepare medication to meet the specific needs of the patient and their condition. This, in turn, demands increasingly sophisticated production facilities, both in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector and in hospital environments, where biopharma best practice can provide key learnings for safe, effective and energy-efficient drug preparation suites within the healthcare campus.
To conclude the ‘Meet Our Design Team’ campaign, we would like to present an interview with our BIM Manager, Mike Robinson. Mike is the focal point of development, implementation and monitoring of the use of BIM at BES. His primary responsibility is to manage and coordinate BIM standards on all related projects, files and models. He works closely with the Design Director and Principal Architect to help guide the implementation of BIM improvement strategy across the company and provides training to new staff, as well as updates our existing employees on the latest BIM protocols and procedures. In his interview, Mike explains what he finds exciting about his role and what aspect of his work is the most challenging at the moment.
Ours is a skill- and knowledge-based business so, although our design, engineering and construction teams are highly qualified, we are still investing heavily in training. However, most of our investment is dedicated to leadership and Personal Effectiveness with over 50% of our employees having now undergone our tailored leadership programme.
Medical research has achieved some extraordinary breakthroughs over the past few years and collaboration between clinicians, researchers and the pharmaceutical sector means that effective treatments are improving outcomes for patients faster than ever. The use of HPAPI (high potency active pharmaceutical ingredients), often highly toxic compounds that target unhealthy cells without damaging healthy cells, has become an area of huge potential for innovation.
As a continuation of the ‘Meet our design team’ campaign, we’d like to present a short interview with another key member of BES team, our Architecture Subject Matter Expert, Graham Pomfret. Graham has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry, initially working for a number of architectural practices in the North West before moving into the pharmaceutical/healthcare sector over 25 years ago. He works closely with clients to develop and finalise the facility layout, material/personnel flows and finishes, and alongside the BES multi-disciplined design team through to construction to ensure that value management and quality assurance processes were applied to the project. Graham has an in-depth knowledge of pharmaceutical and healthcare facilities coupled with a strong technical background in construction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.