Project Type: Design & Build – Mechanical, Public Health Services
Contractor: Client Direct
Client: Clinimed Group
Value: £1.3 Million

Project Scope

Welland Medical specialises in the design, development and manufacture of stoma care pouches and accessories.

They were relocating into a purpose-made factory. This included a 6,500m2 building for manufacturing use, and 1,860m2 of ancillary office floor space spread over 3 floors.

Priory Mechanical Services Ltd were introduced to Welland Medical by CW Consulting to review and propose a scheme and cost plan to install a mechanical system in the new factory and office space.

The works included:

Heat recovery ventilation in warehouse & office areas Rainwater harvesting Boosted hot & cold water systems
Heat recovery air conditioning to office areas Solar heating for hot water Above ground drainage
Close control units to laboratory Boiler & LPHW Sanitaryware
Compressed air to warehouse Gas distribution Leak detection
Heat recovery ventilation from air compressors Cat 5 water systems Building management system
Warehouse door curtains

The Priory Approach

As this was a complex project, we agreed some basic principles with the client at the outset of the project:

  • The systems were to be as simple as possible.
  • The near-continuous production operation required reliable equipment capable of withstanding continuous usage.
  • The working space needed allow for reasonable conditions for staff. This would also allow for satisfactory conditions for the production equipment.
  • Production required low-draught conditions. This would be covered by providing reasonable comfort conditions.
  • The systems needed to have as low a running cost as possible.
  • The work should allow for potential future expansion.

We created an accurate cost plan for the works by creating a design that used thermal modelling and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

We took on a monitoring role during the design process for the base build to ensure the systems could be modified. This involved sizing the external units and pipework for the air conditioning to make sure they would be suitable for the proposed fit out works.

We worked closely with the client and design team to change the existing office space from a CAT A open plan fit out into a CAT B fit out. It now comprises offices, meeting and conference rooms, kitchens, toilet areas, locker rooms, Q&A laboratory and a server room.

We installed a new mechanical ventilation system and modified the system to ensure the air was cost-effectively and logically proportioned into the offices.

New areas are supplied with hot water via a solar-powered system while cold water in the toilets and urinals is supplied via a rainwater harvesting system.

“Priory were faced with a massive challenge of cooling and heating a 70,000 sq.ft industrial space with 10m high eaves for Welland Medical to strict design parameters not even associated with standard office environment demands.

The space was occupied with multi million pounds worth of bespoke manufacturing equipment and there was no margin for error and Priory designed a system that dealt with these requirements to the Client’s upmost satisfaction and continues to this day. An excellently executed design and install exceeding everybody’s expectations”

Chris Wall, CW Consulting