Callaghan Engineering (CE) were initially appointed by Amgen to carry out a Front End Study which included preliminary design, capital cost estimation and project schedule. Based on this study, the laboratory funding was approved and detailed design commenced. CE acted as Project/Design Managers on the project and appointed RKD as architects, Clifton Scannell Emerson and Associates as Civil / Structural Engineers and Duke McCaffrey as Quantity Surveyors.
The intention of the client was to create a pilot laboratory space for viral research, with two main objectives which the design team had to take into consideration: transparency and flexibility. The floor area of the laboratory is 290m², which includes 13m² of gowning area at the entrance.
The first objective was to create a fully transparent laboratory, visible to both employees and visitors from adjacent corridors. The laboratory forms a glass box located in the middle of the first floor plate, which allows all passers-by to view into the room.
The design of laboratory benches and services distribution also took into consideration the visual transparency concept: all laboratory benches are free of services and service spines which typically run over worktops.
Electrical services are contained within service zones located at the back of benches and underneath worktops, and are accessible through access pop-out panels built into Trespa® worktops.
All gasses are contained within service columns suspended over worktops. This design solution created a feeling of an ‘open’ space in the laboratory.
The objective of flexibility has been met by treating each and every bench as an individual module that can be removed from bench isles at any time.
The electrical services are distributed via floor-standing service walls hidden from view in the benches service zone in the middle of each isle.
These service walls offer modular functionality and each can be easily removed. Service columns are the only fixed element in the laboratory.
The distribution of these columns throughout the area allows for the connection of equipment at almost any location in the laboratory.
The laboratory has been very well received by the Amgen team at the Dublin facility and also by the Amgen Corporate Group who will now use this laboratory as their global standard for similar laboratories going forward.