Pharma Newsletter Aug 2022

Pharma Newsletter Aug 2022

We’ve got News Ardmac Pharma Solutions Quarterly Newsletter Aug 2022


Hello from Ardmac, Welcome to our quarterly newsletter, where we will keep you up to date with current developments and thinking within our pharma unit. With this issue, we are celebrating 45 years in business. Ardmac’s managing director of operations Jason Casey was featured in Irish Building magazine alongside industry leaders to discuss working together to mitigate recent and established challenges of the industry. Ardmac has been awarded Engineers Ireland’s CPD Accredited Employer Standard, we look at new projects in the works, meet George Walker, who is newly promoted to Business Deleopment Director. We have interviews for international women in engineering day and please save the date for the 2022 Cycle for Hope in aid of Pieta House.










Chat to George Walker Business Development Director 353868051723

Chat to Enda Murphy MD Cleanrooms 35385 8888340

Chat to Dermot McKenna Associate Director Business Development

Chat to Mark McCullagh Director Cleanrooms 35386 8127170

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Chat to Philippa King-Smith Business Development Manager

Chat to Mark Seymour Regional Manager UK 00447785 324599

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Ardmac are celebrating 45 years in business, what was once a small Irish operation is now the leading provider of high- tech cleanrooms, data centre solutions, fit-outs, specialised refurbishments, EV battery and turn-key manufacturing facilities across Europe. Thank you to all who have trusted in our ethos of Safety First and excellence as standard, together we are building better.



Hi, I’m George Walker, Director of Business Development at Ardmac. I have worked for Ardmac for more than 22 years. I started out as a young mechanical engineer working initially on the design and manufacture of specialist cleanroom equipment. Back then, Ardmac was a lot smaller than it is today. I have seen a huge amount of growth in the business over the years and it is still growing. I think that’s what keeps our people loyal and what contributes to the amount of long serving employees in the business. The most recent development at Ardmac, and something I am very excited to be a part of, is our collaboration with the American company, Germfree. Ardmac are the official manufacturing partner of Germfree and are licensed to supply Germfree solutions to Europe. Germfree are manufacturers of cleanroom solutions specialising in off-site manufacture of modular systems. They have a global presence across the globe, supplying USA, Africa, South America, and the Far East, and with our help we hope to gain a foothold into Europe. We have established a manufacturing partnership with Cental in Ireland. With this partnership we bring inhouse manufacturing capacity with over 10,000m2 of manufacturing facility. This is central to our growth in delivering off site constructed cleanroom solutions. We have a strong pipeline of work, especially around the Life Sciences, and in particular Vaccine manufacture for new and existing clients. With our extensive experience in the sectors and coupled with the Germfree track record we are well placed to service these. INSPIRATION From a very young age I was interested in construction – and I don’t just mean Lego – I started out working with my uncle who was a builder in the west of Ireland.

Newly appointed Business Development Director MEET George Walker


I had always wanted to be a civil engineer, but the job opportunities were a lot slimmer then and so my uncle encouraged me down the mechanical engineering route and I have never looked back! I have worked as a design engineer, project engineer, site engineer, regional manager, and when I became head of the healthcare division in 2006, BD became a prominent part of my role. Just this year, I’ve been promoted Director of Business Development and I love it! I have learnt a huge amount, as you might imagine, from the wide variety of roles I have had over the years. The greatest thing I have learnt is to stay true to your goals and strategies, even when the marketplace is hitting difficult times. The construction sector is very cyclical which makes it tempting to take on jobs that do not fit with your strategy. Over the years I have learnt that these can often just be a distraction that stops us from reaching our main goals! Another huge learning curve I have been on is in learning to deal with people in the right way. As an engineer we can tend to focus on the technical aspect a bit too much, but I have had to learn that the key to building relationships is to step away from the technical, to have empathy with our customers and understand what it is they really want. This way I can establish how I can help them and their careers, seeing beyond the ‘transaction’ that is taking place. I think this is a common approach within Ardmac in general and something that sets us apart from our competitors. HOMELIFE I play GAA for local club St John’s Ballinteer. A couple of years ago I was the longest serving member of my club, being involved from its initial inception. This has made me realise the importance of working in a team. My kids

are also members of our local Gaelic club, continuing the tradition. I have moved onto mountain biking more so in recent years, which I am really enjoying. I love the fact that I am living in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains with fantastic trails on my doorstep. Anyone fancy joining me for a cycle, is always more than welcome!


in the works

Ardmac are proud to announce we have four exciting microelectronic project wins this month:

Almac in Portadown. Analog Devices in Limerick

Zoetis in Tullamore Eli Lilly in Limerick

Ardmac are the contractor of choice for clients. Our reputation in built on delivering results and exceeding client expectations. We are looking forward to delivering excellence as standard for these projects and going the extra mile to uphold our ethos of Building Better. We have delivered our first vaccine facility in Germany for Germfree. We look forward to sharing more on this on our next newsletter.


the Germfree Roadshow Continues The Future of the Delivery of Modern Medicine. Germfree had a fantastic day with Gary McAuslan and the aCGT Vector team at St James Hospital Dublin on July 7th, showcasing the Germfree mobile cleanroom. aCGT Vector are developing disruptive technology to transform the way CAR-T cell therapies are manufactured. Germfree Europe are working with aCGT Vector to locate mobile cleanroom manufacturing systems in cancer centers of excellence which will eliminate complex logistics challenges, dramatically reducing the cost of the novel personalised medicines and thereby increasing patient access. This is a hugely important Irish innovation for healthcare provision, a snapshot of the future of point-of-care delivery of modern medicine. See More


Ardmac’s Managing Director of operations, Jason Casey was featured in Irish Building Magazine alongside industry leaders to discuss working together to mitigate recent and established challanges of the industry.

“A focus on vertical integration including having our own direct labour with developed specialist skills certainly helps mitigate resource challenges in the field.”

Sky’s the Limit Ardmac Group’s reach is extending year on year in every sense, as clients take it further across Europe and the size and scope of its projects expand.

In the 45 years since its inception, Ardmac has earned itself a reputation not just for delivering results but for exceeding client expectations. This has not gone unnoticed; what was once a small Irish operation is now the leading provider of high-tech cleanrooms, data centre solutions, fit-outs, specialised refurbishments, and turn-key manufacturing facilities across Europe. Group turnover within Ireland alone last year was €75m, while overall turnover was closer to €135m. The past 12-18 months have seen Ardmac complete a whole range of significant projects across Ireland, the UK and Europe; these included a 15,000 sq.m. cleanroom facility for Wuxi Biologics in Dundalk, a large microelectronic project in Kildare, several Data Centre projects in Europe and several high-end commercial fit-outs in Ireland and the UK. Key recent wins have included large Pharma facilities in Limerick, Cork and Finland, Data Centre projects in Denmark, Germany and Austria, and Battery facilities in the UK. Modular construction is fast becoming a key part of the Group’s activity; having already delivered several such projects across Europe, its first modular project in Africa is on track to be delivered by the end of 2022. So far this year the company has been working on several large campus sites, securing further phases.


“Overall our strategy has been to follow and support our clients, and we tend to access one or two new locations every year,” explains Ardmac Managing Director, Jason Casey. “Apart from our more established locations, we are also pursuing work in new areas such as the Nordics, Spain and Portugal.” As part of its strategy for the future, Ardmac has now welcomed Cental – a leading and fast-growth provider of advanced modular infrastructure to the data centre, pharma, utilities and telecoms industries – to the Group. Cental’s manufacturing capability will support Ardmac’s ongoing agreement with US-based Germfree Laboratories, to provide prefabricated turnkey modular cleanrooms and biosafety laboratories to the biopharma and healthcare sectors throughout Europe. It will provide a manufacturing base for all other Ardmac modular solutions under one roof. In tandem with the evolution of its business and the development of its senior leadership team, the firm has also recently made some strategic assignments. Jason is now Managing Director for operations covering Ardmac’s Pharma, Data Centre and Battery business units across Ireland, the UK and Europe, while Enda Murphy is Managing Director of its Modular, Med Tech and Micro- electronic business units, while also taking a lead pre-con role in Pharma and Battery. Ian Madden is now strategic lead for off-site construction, Karen O’Hara is Head of Sales and Marketing and Hugh Ward also joined the business recently as Director of Interiors.

Jason. “However, we have had challenges like these before; our experience and approach during these times has been our strength, and we have built our resilience further through developing our processes and practices. A focus on vertical integration including having our own direct labour with developed specialist skills certainly helps mitigate resource challenges in the field.” Funding construction projects, meanwhile, “hasn’t changed in generations,” he says, with a significant proportion of project funding risk sitting with the contractors. “Project retention is a mechanism that has operated in the sector for many years, and is a significant financial cost for contractors. There are solutions out there, such as retention bonds, but the industry needs to embrace these and remove some of the funding pressures for contractors in what is already a relatively low-margin industry.” Ardmac implements the latest proven technology to improve processes and add value for customers, improve efficiencies and solve industry-specific problems. Its Digital Construction Team is at the forefront of innovation, constantly exploring how the latest tools, software applications and hardware can be deployed to support and enhance the work of its project and field teams. “We have been using Lean since 2015, BIM for over 10 years, and we have been using our field management platform Procore since 2018,” says Jason. “There are tangible benefits to adopting any of these, but when we combine features of all three, we call it Building Smart. By using all three in tandem, we are observing even greater benefits than we would if we used any of these alone. All our information is cloud based and accessible on any web-enabled device.”


Ardmac is facing the same challenges as the rest of the industry in the form of Covid fallout, Brexit and the war in the Ukraine. “Fluctuation in material costs and availability, as well as market pressure on resources, are significant,” says


“Our people are our greatest asset, and ensuring we have meaningful interaction with them is key to our success.” Its Building Smart programme is resulting in greater efficiencies across the business and providing it with crucial real-time data for decision making. “Using BIM and other technology greatly improves our abilities to design and quantify our components to maximise the benefits of offsite construction,” says Jason. “This moves work from the building site to a controlled manufacturing environment, which has benefits for both safety and quality while also improving programme certainty.”

Among other achievements, some 99.5% of the firm’s waste is diverted from landfill, its offices are fully powered by renewable energy, and it monitors and reports its Scope 1 and 2 emissions. It is also implementing further initiatives to measure and minimise Scope 3 emissions, i.e. those arising from the materials it purchases and uses.


With almost 500 direct staff, it employs many more through its supply chain. “Empowering all those employed across our business has been key to our success,” says Jason. Safety is our number one value at Ardmac – “for everyone around us, in everything we do and wherever we impact.” Its Safety First management programme is based on the demonstration of respect through the establishment of safe workplaces and practices. “Ardmac Safety programmes take a holistic approach to ensuring the physical safety of all and include mental health and wellbeing programmes at all our workplaces,” says Jason. In recent months it has held a moot court in various locations as well as doing theatre at work and management safety workshops, not to mention launching its annual Cycle for Hope event.


Fully committed to ethically and responsibly managing all aspects of its operations, Ardmac firmly subscribes to the idea that when it succeeds, so does its staff, community and society in general. “By encouraging wellbeing, giving back to our community and working in sustainable ways, we not only improve people’s lives but also our business,” says Jason. Its Sky Blue program is the CSR framework that guides its responsible business approach, and outlines its sustainability commitments. For example, Ardmac has adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals model for the development of its sustainability policy, which is ably spearheaded by its sustainability team.


According to Jason, alongside global supply chain issues, the shortage of personnel is the greatest challenge facing the construction industry in Ireland and overseas.


Diversity and inclusion is part of the solution, he says. “We need to understand that representation and communication plays a key part in young people choosing a career. For too long construction has limited its pool of recruits through poor understanding of the opportunities in the industry. Construction workers of the future must be engaged with early so they can see what career paths are available.” For its part, Ardmac has improved the language it uses to describe roles, reviewed the placement of opportunities and ensured its communications and careers information is as diverse and inclusive as possible. It has also developed a campaign to target key sectors of the community that are underrepresented in construction. As to his key takeaways from 2021 (apart from “coming off mute!” that is), Jason says the main one has been an appreciation of the value of physical interaction with clients and teams. “While we have seen efficiency in the use of technology to aid communication, being in the room with people is the key to building relationships and developing teams. Our people are our greatest asset, and ensuring we have meaningful interaction with them is key to our success.”


Ardmac are proud to announce that we have signed up to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan again this year. This is an island-wide attempt to reverse declines in pollinating insects. Host In Ireland are the proud founders of the DC’s for Bee’s initiative which inspires corporate partners, community groups, schools and individuals to plant orchards which provide an essential early Spring food source for pollinators. Bee pollination contributes to 70% of the world’s crops and the success of our species is dependent on theirs. Sadly, nearly one third of Ireland’s bees are facing extinction, thus Host in Ireland decided to take action. In 2021, the initiative saw 1,262 orchards (6,310 trees) planted across 32 counties for the first time in Ireland. This year, Host in Ireland are increasing their target, from 1,000 mixed fruit tree orchards to 2,000. This will see the equivalent of 10,000 trees planted across Ireland. Ardmac have pledged to take 25 orchards this year and we plan to distribute them around our local community in Swords. When it comes to environmental responsibility, we apply our Respect Always guiding principle and make efficient use of natural resources. Ardmac are proud to be involved with an organisation that is making a significant positive difference. The actions taken by Host In Ireland, Ardmac and all partners ensure that we are doing our part to protect Ireland’s bee population. Orchards in the Community 2.0

If you are interested in getting involved, visit







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Stage 1: Pledges from partners

Stage 2: Confirm orchard allocation

Stage 3: Call to action community groups

Stage 4: Orchard pre registration

Stage 5: Dispatch of round 1 planting

Stage 6: Dispatch of round 2 planting

1,262 Planted Orchards

6,310 Tree’s in total 703 Registered Orchards (56%)

32 counties Across all Ireland for the first time

‘We want to better coexist with biodiversity and help return food and shelter for pollinators to our island.’

All Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025


Ardmac awarded Engineers Ireland’s CPD Accredited Employer Standard

International construction company Ardmac has been awarded the much sought after CPD Accredited Employer Standard by Engineers Ireland in recognition of their continuing professional development (CPD) strategy. Headquartered in Dublin, and with offices in Cork, Craigavon, Manchester, Brussels and Switzerland, Ardmac is a leading global provider of cleanrooms, data centres, electric vehicle battery facilities, fit out and modular solutions. For 45 years, the company has provided high quality spaces to fast moving and evolving markets in Ireland, the UK and Europe. Ardmac believes in setting new standards for industry and driving innovation. The company deploys innovative technology throughout the business to empower its people, drive performance and maximise value for customers.


Ardmac’s design and engineering team have been central to company performance. In response to the growing demand from clients for turn-key solutions, the company has developed a multi-disciplinary design and engineering team with more than 25 engineers, six of whom hold Chartered Engineer status. The company also supports and nurtures future engineering talent through participation in Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme, by providing Transition Year work experience and third year placements, and through its graduate programme. Commenting on achieving the CPD Accredited Employer Standard, Michael Quinn, Director of Engineering at Ardmac, said: “Achieving the Engineers Ireland CPD Accredited Employer Standard is a welcome recognition of the effective learning and development supports that already exist in Ardmac for the engineering team and all employees.” “In line with the company’s vision to be the contractor of choice for our clients and the employer of choice for great people. we recognise the absolute necessity to create an environment of continuous learning and development. We really look forward to further strengthening our links with Engineers Ireland and using the CPD framework to help our people to realise their individual potentials and to maximise the overall team performance,” Mr Quinn added. Congratulating Ardmac, Dee Kehoe, CPD Director at Engineers Ireland, said: “Engineers Ireland is delighted to award Ardmac with the CPD Accredited Employer Standard. This Irish-owned company has positioned itself as a dynamic and innovative employer, ensuring that people development is at the core of its impressive strategic growth. We congratulate the team at Ardmac on the achievement of this prestigious standard.”

The Engineers Ireland CPD Accredited Employer Standard is a strategic framework which enables engineers and engineering employers to raise competency levels and deliver tangible business benefits by investing in engineers through continuing professional development. For more information, visit: https://www.engineersireland. ie/Businesses/Training-development/CPD-accredited- employer-standard


International women in engineering day 23rd June 2022

International Women in Engineering Day, celebrates its 9th year in 2022 and figures as of June 2021 show that 16.5% of engineers are women. INWED gives women engineers around the world a profile when they are still hugely under- represented in their professions. As the only platform of its kind, it plays a vital role in encouraging more young women and girls to take up engineering careers. We spoke to Lola Ojewumi, our Building Services Design Engineer and Monica McCabe, our Site Support Trainee about their experience in the Industry.


Read Lola’s full interview HERE “Days like this are necessary, as we don’t see a lot of women working in engineering. Many women see engineering as a male dominated industry. People don’t realise how many different roles are available to women within the engineering industry, even on site. My first job was on site, it was very hands on, and I really enjoyed it. Everyone I worked with on that job was very encouraging. It is very important for women to know; engineering is open to everyone. “

Lola Ojewumi Building Services Design Engineer

Read Monica’s full interview HERE “My interest in Engineering came from the subjects I enjoyed at school: math’s and science. The problem-solving aspect in math class and the teamwork involved in solving new equations just made it very fun. It was during my gap year, when I was visiting countries with important features like the Hoover Dam in Nevada and seeing the mechanisms involved with its construction, through to its use, that I knew I wanted to do something within engineering. Understanding the way things work and their capabilities was something I enjoyed, and it encouraged me to pursue mechanical engineering. “

Monica McCabe Site Support Trainee


Ardmac cycle for hope 2022 SAVE THE DATE : OCTOBER 9TH

The first Ardmac Cycle for Hope saw over 222 cyclists participate, and raised in excess of €25,000. This was matched by Ardmac, bringing our total raised for Pieta House on World Mental Health Day 2021 to €50,000. Not only did we do something practical and memorable to highlight Mental Health, we raised awareness and brought people together across our industry to do it. Massive thank you to all who participated, donated and volunteered. This year, we need you again! We hope to raise more funds, more awareness and more good cheer on our family fun day. Save the date: October 9th 2022 and watch your inboxes for more information.

oct 9th 2022


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