UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UK BIC)

Flagship Faraday Challenge Project.


Supporting UKBIC to become a world leader in manufacture of batteries for vehicle electrification

In 2019, Merit was awarded the contract as to deliver the Flagship Faraday Challenge project’s clean and dry room for the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre in Coventry.

  • Merit’s unique PAM technology is fabricated at Merit’s factory and shipped to site for installation
  • Government and industry collaborative project
  • Bespoke modular PAM design
  • ISO6
  • -73°C dew point supply, -60°C dew point return

Located at Coventry airport at the heart of the British Automotive Industry, the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre is a UK capital investment government and industry collaboration. Following the UK government’s industrial strategy for the ‘future of mobility’ through Innovate UK, the centre will give ‘UK PLC’ an accelerated ability to manufacture electric vehicle drive trains and battery packs.

UK BIC / Coventry City Council were very progressive in the way they tendered and awarded the main Clean & Dry room package of work. Only room layout drawings including occupancy levels and room performance were provided, eliminating time and expense of traditional design consultants. No M+E or Structural designs were provided and architectural design had been developed equivalent RIBA 2 only.

Tenderers were then invited to provide their own designs to achieve the performance and this opportunity to innovate was a key advantage to the Merit team in delivering technical and operational requirements at a competitive price through PAM methodology. Merit was pre-selected on the basis of cost and quality of the initial layout, providing a fully itemised cost breakdown. Working collaboratively with UK BIC, Merit developed the scope in line with layout changes in a pragmatic and open environment to deliver the technical requirements at an affordable price.

In order to develop new battery technologies for manufacture, the toolset and clean and dry rooms require the highest quality environment for development. Merit is providing all facility technical scope.

Merit has provided significant design innovation through collaborative workshops to maintain technical functionality within budget constraints. There is a focus on achieving client technical needs affordably. Shared budget constraints have positively contributed to getting to achieving affordability without technical compromise. Merit provides design scope change options free of charge for with real-time itemized pricing.

Clean and dry room specification:

  • ISO6
  • -73°C dew point supply, -60°C dew point return
  • Temperature 21 +/-2°C
  • Heat gain allowed for to suite required process operation.
  • Dehum.
  • H14 HEPA filtration within the dehumidifier unit.
  • Available fresh volume 2, 400m³/hr.
  • Dehum unit 40,000m³/hr recirculation.
  • Twin rota technology – separate rota for fresh-air and recirculation.

The bespoke design using standard components has not limited scope change with further scope being added to the original including increased Dry-room areas:

  • Layout changed and increased & upgraded dry-room space
  • Layout development has significantly moved, from original standalone room concept to connected line manufacturing layout during the course of the manufacturing & build
  • Tool hook-up design and installation
  • Transference of significant technical scope from the CAT-B contractor to Merit
  • Ageing oven enclosures and HVAC

The Merit ‘shopping list’ pricing approach has provided transparency of competitively tendered prices for variations

Work only starts on changes after the price is agreed and instructed so the client has cost certainty which led to a pragmatic and even-handed client approach to the commercial agreement.