Airtight planning and programme management help contain challenges on The Pirbright Institute project
Shepherd is a leader in the built environment sector, delivering ground-breaking projects and initiatives of national importance bringing added value to its clients.
Shepherd offers independent specialist services (construction, engineering services and facilities management) or a totally integrated approach from initial project conception to completion and management.
Shepherd’s brand promise is ‘Ingenuity Applied’ and The Pirbright Institute’s £120m BBSRC National Virology Centre project certainly showcased that.
Project Director David Crampton and his team have received numerous awards since completing this complex project: to create a high-containment facility for The Pirbright Institute, to carry out their world-leading research and surveillance of virus diseases of farm animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans.
The project would create one of the world’s most advanced category SAPO4 bio-hazard containment facilities (the highest level possible).
The resulting award-winning structure vastly exceeded the building regulation standards for air tightness.
It was delivered ahead of time and on budget despite stringent regulatory standards, heavy dependencies between different elements and some extreme supplier delays.
The high degree of integration and collaboration required between different disciplines and specialist teams from the group, along with the extraordinary level of planning detail required by a team of planners, led Shepherd to deploy Powerproject Enterprise to support its programme management, rather than the standalone implementation that is the company’s standard tool.
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