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Zimmer Orthopaedics, Ireland

Zimmer Orthopaedics, Ireland

    • CLIENT:
    • Zimmer Orthopaedics
    • Kirby
    • Kirby
    • PROJECT:
    • Project Hands
    • VALUE:
    • €17m
    • SECTOR:
    • Industrial Manufacturing
    • Galway, Ireland


This project involved the complete remodelling of an existing production facility to accommodate Zimmer’s second manufacturing facility in Ireland. As principal contractor, Kirby had overall responsibility for design, engineering and construction services for the full fit-out of the new 100,000sq. ft manufacturing facility.

Kirby employed Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) tools and Building Information Modelling (BIM) in order to successfully integrate all elements of design across all services. We appointed the civils/building contractor and specialist cleanroom vendor. Manpower peaked at 96.

Kirby was responsible for all process and utility equipment, including positioning and alignment, and undertook all associated hook-up detail. We were also responsible for the testing and commissioning of all services ready for hand-over to our client.


As principal contractor, Kirby scope of work included civil, structural, building, mechanical and electrical services in addition to testing and commissioning:

The electrical systems installed by Kirby included:

• MV Distribution
• LV Distribution
• Generator
• General & Emergency Lighting
• General Service Power
• Mechanical Plant Service Power
• Fire Detection & Alarm
• Access Control, Intruder & CCTV
• Earthing & Bonding
• Voice & Data Distribution
• Lightning Protection
• Profibus

The mechanical systems installed by Kirby included:

• Chilled Water
• Low Temperature Hot Water
• Laboratory Gases
• Smoke & Heat Exhaust Ventilation
• Supply & Extract Ventilation Distribution
• Fire Suppression
• VRF Air Conditioning
• Leak Detection
• Server Room Air Conditioning
• Argon
• Deionized Water
• Nitrogen
• Oxygen
• Process Air
• Process Waste
• Purified Water
• Compressed Air
• Gas
• Soils & Wastes
• Domestic Water Services
• Plastic Exhaust
• Product Lines

The total project meterage consisted of 55,000m of cable, 3,000m of containment, 3,000m of black utilities pipework, 2,500m of plastic pipework, 1,100m of copper pipework and 1,000m2 of duct.