Project information.

  • Sector Commercial, Health & Care
  • ClientDiscovery Park Ltd.
  • LocationSandwich, Kent
  • Value£various

The project.

Discovery Park is a world class enterprise zone offering research and development space, offices and warehousing for varying sectors from science, pharmaceutical and technology to construction and recruitment. We have worked with a variety of tenants to deliver refurbishment and fit out projects which have delivered bespoke and varying specifications for their activities and staff.

During our time working with the Discovery Park team in both a PM and QS role, we have worked across many different areas of the park. This has provided us with the knowledge and understanding of both Pharmaceutical and general science areas.

Examples of some of the projects we have been involved in include:

  • Creation of process facilities for a pharmaceutical manufacturer, including the provision of new air handling units and other specialist M&E services
  • Delivery of multi-purpose laboratories for a specialist science firm that on completed housed 148 fume cabinets.
  • Provision of traditional laboratories with write up areas and office space.
  • Delivery of refreshed office and meeting room spaces

More information on some of these is below.

Creation of process facilities

Created specifically for a tenant manufacturing a pharmaceutical product, the new area included strict environmental controls via dedicated air handling units (HVAC) to provide a constant 22c air temperature at all times. The temperature control was managed via a series of air sleeves that dropped through the equipment to circulate the incoming air around the equipment. This provided sufficient air control throughout the area. A series of specialist services to supply the manufacturing equipment were also provided, these included pure water, Nitrogen and Co2 installations. Vulcathena waste pipe work was also installed to dispose of the laboratory waste.

Creation of laboratory spaces

This project comprised the formation of traditional laboratory space with dedicated write up areas. The areas were created specifically for an end user and so the specification was tailored to their requirements. The spaces consist of Trespa benching within the labs and walk-in fume cabinets, each provided with Nitrogen, compressed air, Co2 and pure water. The fume cupboard extracts require ducting through the building, exiting at roof level to avoid human contact with any harmful substances extracted from the laboratories. The laboratory space also included fire solvent cupboards with dedicated air intake and extract to ensure constant air circulation and fume extraction at all times.

Creation of multi-purpose laboratories

Large multi-purpose laboratory space containing 148 fume cabinets, associated lab benching, and chemical and solvent stores was provided for a key pharma client. A science corridor to the perimeter of the laboratories provides access between labs without Scientists having to mix in the write-up areas. These areas were supplied with specialist services such as nitrogen, compressed air, Co2 and pure water. Extensive HVAC is also provided to ensure suitable environmental controls. Given our experience, we understand that the specialist nature of the laboratory fit-out and services installation can have the biggest impact on the construction costs and therefore budget management is essential through all stages.