The development sees the construction of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility on the existing Unilever Advanced Manufacturing Centre. The project comprises of a 2,500m2 pilot plant enabling production processes to be developed for new products on site. A large raw materials warehouse adjoins the plant to service the pilot plant and a new two-storey office and amenity block is located at the front of the building providing office, conference and welfare facilities.
Imtech undertook the full MEP package and the team worked collaboratively with BAM Construction from the outset. Through this early engagement it was identified the use of off-site prefabrication and coordination of works would be key to delivery. Utilising prefabricated modules including pipework, electrical containment and skid mounted plant delivered cost and time efficiencies for the programme.
The coordination of the multitude of services within the pilot plant and interface with the structural ceiling forming part of the pilot plant construction was a demanding challenge. A fully detailed 3D model was produced to ensure all M&E interfaces were correctly coordinated and positioned, in accordance with the critical locations, to ensure correct operation of the facility.
The team were awarded BAM Construction’s ‘North West Innovation Award’ for the use of innovative acoustic cutting booths on site.
The Headquarters for Waters Corporation in Wilmslow, South Manchester is a state-of-the-art, unique three-storey 21,000m2, fully functioning multi-use facility incorporating assembly plant, research & development mass spectrometry suites (Spine Room), laboratories, 10,000 & 100,000 class clean rooms, client marketing and demonstration area, offices, warehousing and training rooms. Imtech was engaged to complete the design and build of the M&E installation.
From the outset, we worked collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure the project was successfully delivered. One major challenge during the project was to ensure that an energy efficient solution was designed and installed to keep 327 pairs of Mass Spectrometry 2Kw output pumps cool in their individual acoustic enclosures. It was essential that an optimal operating temperature was maintained within the tight operating conditions for the mass spectrometers whilst ensuring environmental comfort in the Spine rooms.
Working with the client and Spine manufacturer through a series of pre-commencement trials and mock-ups, a bespoke solution was developed and installed which matched the specific requirements.
Underpinning the success of the project was a series of comprehensive dynamic simulations, undertaken to better understand the behavioural characteristics of the building. This included assessing the impacts of environmental influences (wind pressure and solar radiance) along with evaluating the impact of the internal equipment and how occupants interacted with the building. This process assisted the design team in providing solutions which were the fit for purpose and passive where possible.
“We are delighted with the quality of the installation. Imtech worked with us throughout to ensure the end product met our needs and most important of all performed as required”.
Steve Moore, Facilities Manager, Waters Corporation