Airtight planning and programme management help contain challenges on the Pirbright Institute project

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).


We chose Asta Powerproject Enterprise
because of its multi-user capabilities – it meant that my team of four could all work simultaneously on the programme, and without this it would have required additional people to do the job.


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.

No compromise

David Crampton explained the challenge that faced the company: “This project was exceptionally complex. Not only is it a world-class facility, a national asset in terms of UK plc, but it plays a vital role in terms of animal and human welfare – including protection of our food source. It demands a higher standard in terms of construction and engineering systems than is achieved anywhere else in the UK, probably Europe, or even the world. Against that background we had to set a ‘no compromise’ message in everything we did, and that included the planning aspects of the project.”

This project was exceptionally complex. Not only is it a world-class facility, a national asset in terms of UK plc, but it plays a vital role in terms of animal and human welfare – including protection of our food source. It demands a higher standard in terms of construction and engineering systems than is achieved anywhere else in the UK, probably Europe, or even the world. Against that background we had to set a ‘no compromise’ message in everything we did, and that included the
planning aspects of the project.

As Team Pirbright, one collaborative team led by the Project Director was involved in the planning, construction and delivery of M&E
services to The Pirbright Institute. This was an extremely important project for Shepherd and meant a very large team of people was required to be involved with the appropriate technical authority, with significant collaboration challenges and reporting lines right up to executive level. At a practical level it created a vast and complicated programme management challenge. David explained: “In programming terms this meant developing a large and fully logic-linked programme that included design, construction, procurement, engineering service installation and commissioning. This amounted to 164 pages of A3 and over 10,000 programme bars.”

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