Pheonix House Expansion Project – Laboratory


Pheonix House Expansion Project – Laboratory

SGS is recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity, with their main services broken down into four main categories: inspections, testing, certification and verification of goods and services.

  • Turnkey design and build of new laboratories to suit operational environmental requirements.
  • M&E design package including HVAC, control panels and instruments.
  • Planning, space management of the fit-out and full coordination of services and utilities enabled through the use of 3D models.
  • Use of Merit’s offsite manufacturing facility for steelwork and UltraPOD® system, offering a number of benefits to the clients.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company in life sciences.

Merit began working with SGS in 2018, delivering a number of projects, including the Phoenix House Laboratory Expansion.

This £2.65m facility expanded capabilities and capacity for testing cell banks and routing bulk harvest for vaccines, cell and gene therapies, monoclonal antibodies and other recombinant protein based biological medicines.

The new laboratory provided an additional 1200m2 to the existing facility, bringing the total facility space to 2400m2. The new laboratory also allowed SGS to develop and validate new cell-based viral detection systems at the site – in accordance with the requirements of the US and European Pharmacopoeia.

The laboratories have three dedicated separate air supply handling systems that supply temperature controlled air from two 2-stage filtered systems AHUs with no recirculation. The air handling systems employed a gas fired heating section that operates to provide supply air at a temperature of 18-21°C.

Individual split system air conditioning units were installed in each laboratory to provide trimming heating and cooling as required and laboratories had digital thermostat controls to provide temperature control. The air is extracted from the laboratory areas by filtered extract systems.