A new 2,000 square metre manufacturing facility is under construction for pharmaceutical products manufacturer Bath ASU, on a site at Park Lane alongside their existing premises at Corsham Science Park.
The new unit will treble the company’s clean room floor space and is being constructed in micro-rib Kingspan panels, with the insulation being upgraded to ensure maximum energy efficiency.
The project is being carried out by main contractors John Yerbury Property Developments Ltd; Planning Consultants are Pegasus.
When work began, a key consideration was how to manage, in an environmentally friendly way, the 6,500 tons of material which needed to be cleared to prepare the site which is in a quarrying area. By bringing in a stone recycling unit it was possible to sort all 6,500 tons of rock on site resulting in 5,500 tons of reusable aggregates and saving 300 lorry movements to and from the site.
Some of the crushed material was used in the formation of a road and car parking area for the project, with the larger pieces of stone being used for landscaping, retaining walls, signage and other decorative features. Some of the stone was donated to a local South West In Bloom group who were building new flower beds in Midsomer Norton.
John Yerbury Director of John Yerbury Developments Ltd told Premier Construction:
“Bath ASU were looking to expand and a greenfield site adjacent to them became available. The beauty of this was that the close proximity of the new site to their existing premises meant that a link could be constructed between the two buildings.
“We have a long-standing relationship with the company and were involved in the project right from the start, including assisting them in obtaining planning permission, which was granted in 2013. We also put in planning applications to develop the site further, so now it has become more of a business park.
“This was a great project for us – especially since we were involved right from its inception and through planning, which helped us to better understand the client’s business, including how they operate and what they want from the building. We have fortnightly design and management meetings with the client and the quantity surveyors and review the progress of the project and any improvements that can be made to the build and the design.
“The project has gone well. It was a fairly simple site to work on and the design of the building has evolved with modifications made by the client as the project has progressed.”
Completion is expected at the end of May/early June 2015.
Bath ASU provides a complete range of services including patient specific chemotherapy, dose banded batch chemotherapy, central intravenous additive service (CIVAS), patient-controlled analgesia products (PCA) and total parenteral nutrition (TPN).
The company provides a readily accessible, flexible service, complementing existing provisions and assisting NHS Trusts and private hospitals in addressing their workload, costs and planning demands.