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Making Progress in a Biopharmaceutical Cleanroom Envelope Build

Stancold’s Clean Room Envelope Specialist Team (CREST) continue to draw on multi-disciplinary expertise for projects that require bespoke specifications amidst growth and expansion in the pharmaceuticals industry and beyond.

One such example is the ongoing works in Portsmouth, where our specialist team are undertaking responsibility for the architectural cleanroom envelope package, as part of the internal fit-out of a brand new biopharmaceuticals manufacturing facility.

Working with the principal contractor, an expert in workplace solutions, CREST combine both cleanroom envelope expertise and passive fire protection capabilities within this design to meet an ISO 14644 class 7 specification across four mould shop cleanrooms and mould tool store, as well as a 60-minute fire rating to a 13m-high compartment wall. The design also includes the construction of airlocks, changing areas and clean-not-classified corridors.

As a large-scale project utilising approximately 10,000m² of composite panelling, our expert team were heavily involved with our client’s design and project team from the early stages to work through a changing end user specification. Based on this, Stancold CREST recommended the Kingspan Versatile cleanroom system for all controlled areas, with the addition of Eurobond’s Firemaster system for the fire-rated elements of the fit-out. Our ability to integrate the two systems into the same build to achieve the specification made our service offering stand out.

The build programme itself incorporates very tight timescales and required co-ordination amongst multiple trades to ensure that steel frames and HVAC were in place before the installation of our walls and ceilings. This also included strong collaboration with our client to synchronise work around a gantry crane system that runs across the entirety of the cleanrooms.

As per every project undertaken by CREST, a manual handling assessment was completed prior to starting on site and the on-site team were allocated forklifts and vacuum lifters to be able to install panels safely and efficiently.

The team continue to work tirelessly across multiple areas at the same time to ensure that completion of our works is in line with our client’s build programme.

With the team more than halfway through the build, you can take a look at our progress to date here.

For more information on our multi-disciplinary approach to cleanroom construction, or our experience in the pharmaceutical industry, please get in touch with our expert, Mark Kendrick, on 07585 301 425 or send us an enquiry.