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GSK Pharmaceuticals, Worthing,  UK

GSK Pharmaceuticals, Worthing,  UK

    • Client:
    • GSK Capital Projects Group, UK
    • Consultant:
    • Jacobs Engineering and PM Group
    • Project Description:
    • New production capacity expansion projects GSK Worthing
    • Work-Scope:
    • MEP – Mechanical HVAC, E&I and piping services
    • Value:
    • £12.5M

Project Description

Brief Description

As a leading MEP based contractor to the UK life science sector, Kirby was appointed to undertake installation work associated with two business critical projects on this production facility.

Firstly, our MEP scope on the ‘MFA’ capacity expansion project involved the fabrication and installation of 4,500m of piping systems across varying material grades to serve utility, process and hygienic systems. We fabricated and installed 1,000sq.m of Grade C stainless and galvanised ductwork in addition to all associated electrical/instrumentation services. We were also responsible for the installation of all utility and process equipment ranging from chillers, tankage, centrifuges, dryers, vessels and pack-off systems on the project.

Our second project in Worthing involved the installation of all HVAC building services and electrical/instrumentation services associated with the new ABS production building. This new building consisted of utility and technical plant areas and two levels of secondary production with fully classified ISO 7 and 8 cleanrooms. Our responsibility included the fabrication and installation of 10,000m2 of Grade C stainless, fire rated and galvanised duct systems in addition to associated equipment. We also installed all electrical/instrumentation services within the building in addition to specialist systems for fire alarm, security/access, CCTV etc. Instrument I/O was more than 2,000 with our instrument scope extending to receipt verification, bench calibration, hot/cold loop checking and systems walk-down for IQ verification.

Utilising Innovation

Both projects were 3D BIM designed with all piping and ductwork being pre-fabricated off-site so as to minimise site activity. Specific emphasis was given to the on-site coordination of M&E services due to the constrained working environments. The fact that Kirby were responsible for the primary MEP services allowed us to coordinate activities to avoid congestion and inefficient work practices thereby lessening any impact on the overall project schedule.

Overcoming Challenges

Kirby mitigated against access and storage challenges on site through off-site pre-fabrication and use of a nearby ‘staging’ warehouse prior to transport of materials to the work-face. Our proactive, innovative approach to specific project challenges was instrumental in successfully delivering these projects and fostering a long-term relationship with GSK across their portfolio of UK sites.