Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Health & Safety (PSDP): Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners Architects: RKD Architects
Services Engineers: T5 Partnership Ltd, Consulting Engineers
Main Contractor: Clancy Construction
Electrical Subcontractor: CJK Engineering
Mechanical Subcontractor: Tritech Engineering
Fumehood & Laboratory Furniture Subcontractor: Chemical Systems Control
Audio Visual Subcontractor: Reon Technologies
Loose Furniture Supplier: SIG Workplace, Bushell Interiors, Sheelin Office Group
February 2016 saw the official opening of APC’s new 3,000 m2 state of the art laboratories and offices at Cherrywood’s Science and Technology Park. APC is an Irish business founded in 2011 that has grown to become a global pharma. and biotech process research provider, helping companies to optimise their manufacturing processes. The development of their new HQ was a high-profile, prestigious project and MMP were delighted to secure the contract to act as Project Managers, Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Health & Safety Supervisors.
located on the 3rd Floor of Building G2 within Cherrywood’s Science and Technology Park. The facility consists of approximately 600m2 of laboratory area and approximately 2,400m2 of office space.
The 3rd floor of Block G2 was provided to APC by the landlord, Dun Loaghaire Rathdown Properties, as a grey box. The challenge for the design team was to turn this grey box into a cutting edge laboratory and high tech offices designed to support the business into the future.
The laboratory area includes all the facilities you would expect in a modern, top quality research facility and our in-depth experience as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor helped us assess the requirements clearly, including;
medium, large and walk-in fumehoods, ventilated cabinets, gas storage cabinets, solvent storage cabinets, local exhaust ventilation arms, analytical laboratory bench and storage units, emergency drench shower and eye wash units, bio- reactor display benches, bio – reactor reagent shelving, drying racks/ whiteboards and gowning areas.
Key to the laboratory area was the mechanical and electrical services which consisted of
a vulcatine drainage system, hot and cold water services, medical gas infrastructure consisting of individual copper pipe lines for carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, argon, helium and a gas detection system.
Compressed Air and vacuum plant and their associated infrastructure was also required for the activities carried out in the laboratory area. Another important component in the laboratory was the supply and extract ventilation system and it was vital to ensure that when all fumehoods were working that air pressure within the laboratory remained at an acceptable level for all users. Due to the amount of services required for the laboratory area the 3rd floor (top floor) was selected as the optimum location for APC as it was the shortest route to the roof where all the extract ductwork and plant could be housed. Electrically the laboratories required power to the fumehoods and benches, CAT 6 data wiring, mechanical plant wiring and controls, fire alarm system and general lighting throughout.
The office area consisted of an open plan office area for approximately 80 people, a canteen area, meeting rooms, collaboration space, individual office area, private work areas, team areas, changing area, locker rooms and storage areas. Again our expertise as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor helped us to assess the requirements effectively.
The fit-out of the office area consisted of a wide variety of materials including carpet, timber, tile and vinyl floor finishes fitted to a raised access floor. The ceiling finishes included timber ceilings, timber raft ceilings with baffle inserts, plasterboard/painted ceilings and plasterboard raft ceilings with SAS Aluminium system ceilings between.
The wall completions and finishes consisted of timber cladding, brick cladding, plasterboard/painted finishes on stud partitions and glazed system partitions.
The fitted furniture was chosen with function and aesthetics in mind and included canteen/kitchenette fittings including whitegoods, fixed recessed seating and wall lining to the canteen, visitor area coffee point, touch down meeting points and fitted storage furniture.
A variety of loose furniture was required including office desk pods and chairs, sofa’s, workstation desks, meeting tables, lockers, reception foa, foozeball table, table tennis table and mediascape lounge benches.
The mechanical and electrical services requirements within the office area were also extensive;
mains switchgear and submains cabling, power to desk workstations ( underfloor busbar system), CAT 6 data installation, floor grommets and desk grommets, floor boxes, feature lighting and emergency lighting and lighting controls, fire detection and alarm system,.
As with all modern office fit-outs, the Audio Visual specifications were important, especially given the global nature of the business. Audio visual equipment included LED screens, Web Ex conference and presentation facilities and conference phone facilities, ceiling and wall speakers.
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