Ardmac Pharma Solutions Bi-Monthly Newsletter July 2021

Ardmac Pharma Solutions Bi-Monthly Newsletter July 2021

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Hello from Ardmac, Welcome to our bi-monthly newsletter, where we will keep you up to date with current developments and innovations within our Pharma Business Unit. Firstly, introducing the Ardmac way, we talk about our Smart working principles which drive us to empower our people, drive our performance and aim to delight our customers. Philippa King-Smith, Business Development Manager for Cleanrooms UK, talks to us about her background in mechanical engineering and what inspired her to become an engineer at the age of 15. Before we move on to a case study from one of our clients. Over future issues of our newsletter wewill bedocumenting our journey as we bring Germfree to Europe following our recent partnership. We are very excited about the benefits that this fantastic offering brings to our customers. We hope you agree. Finally, we wrap up the magazine with details from our Sky Blue programme, which is Ardmac’s recognised commitment to CSR, covering our activity with the community and our designated charities. We hope you enjoy reading and if there is anything you’d like to see in future issues, please let us know.








Chat to Dermot McKenna Associate Director Business Development

Chat to Enda Murphy MD Cleanrooms 35385 8888340 Ext. 858 353868135475 Ext. 851

Chat to George Walker Associate Director Business Development 353868051723

Chat to Mark McCullagh Director Cleanrooms 35386 8127170

Chat to Philippa King-Smith Business Development Manager

Chat to Mark Seymour Contracts Manager 00447785 324599 00447703730678



Deploying innovative technology throughout Ardmac to empower our people, drive performance and delight our customers. Technology has the power to drastically change the face of the construction sector and Ardmac are committed to staying ahead of the curve. At Ardmac we work Smart, meaning we deploy innovative technology throughout our business to empower our people, drive performance and delight our customers. We place our customer at the centre and apply Lean construction principles and technology to everything we do at Ardmac. Our goal is to maximise value for our customers. Customers can access project information and performance in real-time on any mobile device. These digital processes not only improve efficiencies for Ardmac but also for our customers. They enable us to deliver projects faster while enhancing Safety and Quality. Working Smart allows us to consistently deliver excellence across multiple sectors and geographic regions.

Empower our People

Delight our Customer

Drive Performance


Empower our People

Drive Performance

Delight our Customer

Highly effective collaboration through early contractor engagement Extensive BIM adoption using latest technologies

Safe Projects

Trusted Partner

Digital On-boarding & Resource Management

Excellence as Standard

Quality Control (Right First Time)

Client collaboration across our platforms

Lean streamlined work flows

Waste mitigation through design Increased productivity and reduced hours on site

Responsive Post contract service

Cloud based field management platform

Digital commissioning & handover packs

User-friendly processes

Programme certainty

Real-time accurate Information in the field on any device

Continuous improvement

Client specific solutions


Business Development Manager for Cleanrooms UK M E E T Philippa King-Smith

I’ve worked for the business for 7 years but have been in the pharma industry for 14. I am passionate about the work I do in helping Ardmac to build relationships increase awareness of the huge value that Ardmac adds to their customers’ construction projects. As a degree qualified, mechanical engineer, I am passionate about increasing the profile of women in engineering. I can see small changes in the environment around me but it’s still not enough for my liking. That’s why I got involved in the UK board of the ISPE. My role supports the ISPE in growing its membership and encouraging businesses to take up the benefits it brings. On a day-to-day basis, I am here for my customers and connections to support them in any way I can. Providing advice, guidance and support for engineers and architects who need an ear to talk through their


projects. There doesn’t need to be a golden project at the end of the rainbow, my contacts know I am here for them and using the extensive experience pool at Ardmac, I will ensure that you get the best technical advice or solution to your problems. My inspiration I have always been into subjects like Physics and Maths, and it was actually my school physics teacher that got me into engineering, having put me forward to join a Women in Engineering Day at Salford University. As a 15-year-old, I remember a nervous bus journey into Manchester on my own. My nerves must have been all over my face as the bus driver made sure I got off at the right stop. It was such an eye opener and after that day, that was it, decision made, I was going to be an engineer. I qualified with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering in 2001 and have enjoyed some fantastic work experiences in a range of industries including food, confectionery, nuclear, healthcare and finally pharmaceutical. I saw my physics teacher recently and reminded him of this. He was really touched that he’d made such an impact in my life because at the time he said he was ‘just doing my job’ but for me it was a life changing moment. He obviously saw something in me and pushed me in the right direction and that just goes to show the power of teaching! Kudos to Mr. Archer of BRGS.

Homelife I guess I am the epitome of the ‘working mum’ – continuously juggling the work-life balance. With two children of 8 and 5, they certainly keep life busy and with the challenges of home schooling over the past 12 months, life has certainly been a roller coaster. But I am proud to say that I have come through and achieved so much in the last 12 months and I am looking forward to making this year, and future years, count!

Urban Challenge for Manchester Mind

ISPE United Kingdom Affiliate Ltd Supplier Award Winner


Flexible Cleanroom Solution Delivered

Ardmac has worked alongside Colin Driver, an experienced Life Science sector Project Director, on a number of projects over the years, but we talked to him recently about his experience in creating a flexible cleanroom solution for his Client. The Client User Requirement Specification (URS) was not overly specific from the outset since the cleanroom facility, which caters for a number of small-scale manufacturing suites, was targeting R&D work. This often meant that the jobs carried out within the cleanroom could be different from month to month and so the internal equipment needed to be flexible enough to change or be removed by whoever was using the cleanroom space.


Colin enlisted the support of Ardmac to design, install and commission a turnkey, flexible cleanroom solution. He had this to say, “there was really no-one else I would rather turn to. What sets Ardmac apart is their ability to provide a total turnkey package and quality systems that can be adapted to suit most cleanroom requirements. I have worked on various projects with Ardmac and you always know they’re going to do a good job.”

The Outcome

In these kinds of projects, a URS can often be open to interpretation and it can be hard to deal with changing goals posts, but with Ardmac’s extensive experience, the project was delivered on schedule, to budget and to the quality required by the client. Colin’s final comments, “not only were Ardmac able to tick every box that we needed them to, but they did so with the strictest safety focus which put everyone’s mind at ease. I have worked with a lot of competing companies in the industry and if I was doing another job tomorrow, it would be Ardmac would be a definite consideration.” Ardmac are an international construction specialist delivering high value workspaces and cleanroom environments. If you have any current projects that you would like to speak to us about, please reach out to Philippa King-Smith who will be happy to assist you further.

The Ardmac Approach

‘Using a combination of the Dagard system, integrated with bespoke facility fixtures and fittings, Ardmac were able to meet the needs of the client, creating the flexible requirements as set out by the client in order to meet the cGMP standards. Philippa King-Smith, BD Manager for Ardmac commented, “we have a great relationship with a lot of industry suppliers which allows us to optimise the project implementation process and capitalise on the individual supplier strengths in product innovation.” Colin continued, “project management can often be complex within these types of facilities but my interactions with Ardmac were easy, not only are they a great team to work with but from a design point of view, they knew what we wanted/needed from the outset. It was quite painless really.”


Ardmac have partnered up with Germfree to bring Germfree mobile and modular cleanroom buildings to the European markets. Germfree provides a fully adaptable single or multiple-module cleanroom solution. These can be utilised for either single or multimodal applications. These versatile offsite-built facilities support manufacturing for pre-clinical or clinical stage materials. You can invest only in the space you need now and additional space can be added seamlessly as you scale. We also have a rental solution available. If you have GMP Manufacturing requirements get in touch with George to find out more about our Germfree solutions on +353 (0)86 8051723

For further information or advice visit:


M O B I L E Each mobile facility is engineered and constructed to meet or exceed the CDC NIH BMBL guidelines for BSL-2 laboratories and the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for BSL-3 laboratories.

Rapid deployment, self contained, GMP compliant Cleanroom trailers


70+ deployments globally

S I N G L E M O D U L E P O D Modular facilities are engineered and constructed to meet or exceed the quality of brick and mortar construction while reducing risk and accelerating time to market.

Fully autonomous single module GMP Cleanroom facility.

Standalone and self-supportive suitable for installation in existing facilities.


Multistorey modules suitable for internal and external use.

M U L T I - M O D U L E F A C I L I T I E S Interconnecting, multistorey units providing flexability and scaleabilty for all of your immediate and future requirements. Select from a number of application ready standard layouts or chose a more customised option



At Ardmac, we are all very aware of the physical risks and on-site threats. We put Safety First in everything we do. But what about the dangers we can’t see? Depression, Anxiety, Stress and Suicidal Thoughts are just as dangerous as the tangible on-site hazards. Over the past number of years there has been an increasing number of employees in the construction industry suffering from mental health issues. A 2020 study found that 83% of construction workers have experienced a mental health issue. Mental health issues are in discriminatory and affect people in all roles. We place huge focus on regulations and on-site safety but mental health needs to be prioritised just as highly as wearing a hard hat or protective goggles. That’s why this year, Ardmac have chosen their 3 charity partners with a focus on mental health; Pieta House, Manchester Mind and The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity. Ardmac is aiming to help tackle this issue by increasing awareness of the mental health issues within the construction industry, providing the support and resources for our staff and raising vital funds for our charity partners. “SAFETY FIRST” - THAT’S OUR MOTTO AT ARDMAC, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE DANGERS WE CAN’T SEE?

Sky Blue is Ardmac’s CSR commitment. We work within the recognised pillars of CSR; Workplace, Marketplace, Environment and Community.


Pieta House has helped over 58,000 people to date in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. The charity provides a free of charge professional one-to-one therapeutic service, staffed by over 200 therapists, for people who are experiencing suicidal ideation, people who have attempted suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm.

Manchester Mind marked 30 years in September of delivering mental health support to the people of Manchester. It is committed to improving the lives of people with mental health needs in the area and delivers a wide range of services to support people’s mental health. Last year, over 6,500 people received support, information and training from Manchester Mind.

And finally, this is our first year partnering with Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity. This is a charity organisation who specialise in supporting construction workers and their families through financial, family and mental health problems. They have a 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline for those who would like to speak with someone in a confidential manner.



Ardmac are delighted to invite you to our Cycle for Hope fundraiser, in aid of Pieta House. The cycle will take place on the 10th of October and will start and finish at the site adjacent to the Ardmac office in Swords. The cycle will have three different routes to cater for different levels of cycling ability; a 100k cycle, a 60k cycle and a family fun cycle of 20k. Cycle for Hope is a guaranteed great day out in aid of a fantastic charity and we hope to see you there. Please save the date and we will update you once our registrations page is live. We look forward to seeing you on the day.


Ardmac Dublin Swords Business Campus, Swords, Co. Dublin, K67 D8H0, Ireland. E: T: +353 (0) 1 894 8800 Ardmac Manchester 4 Scholar Green Road , Cobra Court,Trafford Park, Manchester M32 0TR, England. E: T: +44 (0) 161 8668086


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