17 OCT 2018

BakerHicks shortlisted for Digital Construction Awards

BakerHicks, the multidisciplinary design and engineering company, was amongst the finalists at the 2018 Digital Construction Awards for one of its major pharmaceutical projects, the new GSK Aseptic Manufacturing Facility at Barnard Castle. 

The Digital Construction Awards, which are run in association with the UK BIM Alliance, look to recognise the most innovative projects, companies and individuals in the built environment. BakerHicks and the project team of GSK, SES Engineering Services, Star Refrigeration, Turner & Townsend, Daldrop and McLaughlin & Harvey were nominated for the Collaborative Built Environment category.

The state-of-the-art, new build facility will secure the future of aseptic filling of vials and handling of cold chain products. Colin Driver, Project Manager, GSK, says:

“The investment in biopharmaceuticals is critical to the future of pharmaceuticals and this is a flagship project for global investment. The idea is to replicate the design globally on secondary sites, building in the flexibility within individual modules, but also future-proofing the design for at least 10-20 years without the risk of drug regulatory impact, hence reducing future design costs.”

The nomination recognises the strength of the collaborative approach to the project’s delivery, epitomised by GSK’s Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach. With exacting standards to be adhered to, the new-build facility meant it was vital quality was guaranteed and tight control maintained by the GSK team over the build process and schedule. This necessitated a high degree of coordination and collaboration from the offset.

IPD has been a central element to the success of the project, ensuring everyone was working towards one common goal from the outset, ultimately leading to efficiencies and minimising risk. Ensuring the whole team could engage with the design process is a key part of IPD and Building Information Modelling (BIM) software has been instrumental in this. BakerHicks manage one central, fully coordinated model which integrates models from various separate design packages and specialist equipment providers to inform the construction of the facility. This not only ensures the integration of the multi-disciplinary design but allows the team to quickly and proactively detect and resolve any clashes and respond to any on-site questions on construction and installation.

Tom Dickinson, Head of Project Management at BakerHicks, says:

“Everything about the delivery of this project centres on collaboration. This has been made possible by GSK’s willingness to push boundaries to drive better project delivery. Through embracing the use of BIM and VR technology they have allowed us as a design team to achieve such a high level of integration. This approach is thoroughly deserving of the recognition this nomination awards it.”

BakerHicks have provided multi-disciplinary scheme and detailed design phase and management services for the Aseptic Manufacturing Facility.