Actavo designed supplied and installed specialist access scaffolding services to provide bespoke access solutions for a pharmaceutical building retrofit project for MSD Biotech in Swords, Dublin.
Scope of works
Provide scaffolding services for:
- The retrofit of an existing 31,700m² pharmaceutical facility to be expanded to a gross floor area of approximately 43,700m²
- Expansion and transformation of an existing 13,000m² warehouse for manufacturing operations
- The building of new laboratories and warehouses and the extension of existing production and packaging facilities
Specialist scaffolding services including bespoke scaffold design, scaffolding resources for erecting, dismantling and modifications, provision of Actavo site management team including Project Manager, Supervision, SHEQ Advisors and scaffolding inspector.
Project achieved 4.8 million man-hours without an LTI, a record for the Irish construction industry.
Solutions to challenges
The scaffolding brief included a considerable volume of scaffolding structures within the manufacturing building for mechanical and electrical services to be installed. If built from the ground the scaffolds would have taken up valuable space.
Actavo engaged engineers to design bespoke scaffolds suspended from the roof steel, providing safe scaffold access, and allowing other works to continue below with no impact to the time critical schedule.
Actavo worked on a 24-hour basis by splitting the team into day and night shifts to increase efficacy under the tight schedule.
Benefits to client
JV PM Group and Jacobs were contracted to build a bio-pharmaceutical in a timescale never achieved before, with best in class quality and safety. Actavo was awarded the contract due to its experience in fast build pharmaceutical projects within Ireland. The project achieved first of a kind awards for quality, safety and schedule.
“Actavo was awarded the contract for design, erection, maintenance and removal of all the common user scaffold on the MSD Biotech project. Having completed over 2000 scaffolds between February 2019 and December 2020, while working just over 97,000 hours without incident, Actavo contributed very positively to the project’s overall achievement of just over 4.8m hours without an OSHA Lost Time Incident. In what was a challenging, schedule-driven project, on a site which peaked at 1825 people, Actavo were always professional and proactive. I would have no hesitation in recommending them for similar projects.”
John HassettJV Construction Director