Design, Construct, Validate and Maintain

CL3 Biocontainment Laboratory

Erba Molecular is an innovative molecular diagnostics company applying its commercially validated proprietary technology in sample preparation, amplification and detection to produce novel workflow based solutions to reduce the complexity of molecular testing.

Background to the project

In order to sustain the growth in their business, Erba Molecular required a new CL3 suite to be formed in their existing facility in the UK.

They selected T-SQUARED as their design partner to lead the designer offering continuity from the initial scope definition through to project completion.  This continuity allowed important design decisions to be made with full appreciation of the implications in relation to regulatory approval, cost and programme.

The project was fast-track in nature and therefore the design had to be completed on time and to the correct level of detail to allow budgets to be approved with confidence and procurement to commence immediately. This was achieved through a T-SQUARED fully integrated design solution including containment levels, process flows, GMP design, pressure cascades, room classifications, security, room finishes, HVAC, resilience, processing equipment, electrical and utility supplies.

Scope of the project

This project comprised the complete design, build and fit-out of a new building extension to create this CL3 laboratory, including the following key features:

  • Fabric (walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows, specialist coatings)
  • Mechanical Services (AHU, AC, ductwork, safe-change, plumbing)
  • Electrical Services (lighting, fire alarm, data, door access control, HVAC controls, CCTV)
  • Incorporation and management of client supplied equipment

The laboratory was commissioned and validated at the first attempt.