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Organisation : Genzyme

Application : Offices

Product : Ultima

Location : Waterford, Co Waterford

Requirement :

When world-leading biotechnology company, Genzyme, embarked on a €95m expansion project, it needed to find office accommodation for the 100 or so engineers who would be involved in the three-year project. The interim facilities not only needed to provide high-quality office space for the Genzyme staff and contractors, but also a hygienic ‘gowning room’ for staff entering the sterile, clean-room area of the main building.

Solution :

Eoin Carroll, Project Engineer at Genzyme, says: “We wanted to give the project team the same quality of surroundings as they were accustomed to in their normal offices. We requested tenders from a number of modular building suppliers and finally chose Portakabin Allspace to provide our interim offices. They provided buildings of the standard we needed, as well as offering the most competitive deal.” 

Portakabin Allspace offers premium-quality modular buildings for hire, including the unrivalled Portakabin Ultima building system. This market-leading system can be used to create bright, attractive buildings of any size or configuration. The versatile system offers exceptional levels of insulation and air-tightness, providing a comfortable, warm and welcoming office environment that’s also energy efficient.

The Portakabin Ultima system was used to create the large single-storey office facilities required by Genzyme. Portakabin Allspace designed and built a separate two-module building for use as the gowning room, which would connect the non-sterile office building with the sterile areas of the main building.

Portakabin Allspace had to ensure that the building met the strict clean-room standards required to satisfy Genzyme’s rigorous quality-control procedures. The gowning room was designed to be positioned five metres above the ground on structural steel supports, so that it gave direct access to both sterile and non-sterile areas of the site.

Eoin continues: “Portakabin Allspace was able to meet all of our stipulations for the gowning room, which included separate male and female changing areas. The facilities subsequently passed all our quality inspections and performed very well throughout the three-year project.”

The delivery and installation of the office, toilet and gowning room buildings was completed on schedule, ensuring the fully equipped facilities were ready for use by the project team in good time. Portakabin Allspace has a Customer Charter which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. It even promises that if the company ever fails to deliver on time, it will provide a week’s free hire for every day it is late.*

Eoin adds: “The buildings from Portakabin Allspace fulfilled all our expectations and provided the ideal environment for the team working on this important project. The people using the building every day have been happy with the working environment it provides and we have had no complaints from anyone. Portakabin Allspace offered a very good service and fulfilled all of their promises.”

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