Eight Mile Plains, Queensland
Agilex Biolabs is the leading bioanalytical laboratory supporting Australian clinical trials. Amicus Labline was engaged by client-side project manager, Deloitte PDS, for an early contractor involvement (ECI) on Agilex Biolabs’ new lab facility.
Agilex sought to create a bespoke controlled PC2 lab environment. They had outgrown their existing facility and it no longer met their functional and operational needs. Demonstrating expertise in the delivery of compliant labs, our team was engaged to lead the design and construction of the project in southern Brisbane.
An initial feasibility piece was needed to determine where in the 1,400 sqm space this lab and office was going to be located. Once that was decided, Labline worked closely with project management to accelerate the design phase of the 600 sqm lab facility and 100 sqm general use office, including toilets, VC enabled meeting areas and ante rooms. Timing was critical for this project, Labline managed this by condensing the design phase while also meeting frequently with stakeholders to ensure the project was running to schedule.
Each lab had strict purpose-built controls to provide a stable research and testing environment. Labline also worked with Agilex’s suppliers to incorporate their equipment into the design. In some cases, custom solutions needed to be designed from the ground up. Collaborating with a fire penetration specialist, certifier and building management, a lightweight ‘Fire Wall’ was designed and built, for which there was no previous certification. Being situated on the ground floor presented a challenge for mechanical engineering which had to consider the other tenants on the floor above. A tailored mechanical solution was developed to efficiently use space and effectively extract gas while bypassing the first-floor tenant.
Labline worked in partnership with Deloitte PDS and engineers to ensure the project was completed to schedule. Managing this during the rigid restrictions of the pandemic was a great result considering the impacts to acquiring materials, equipment, suppliers and resources. Having a national network of suppliers meant that we were able to redirect trade packages when suppliers were hamstrung by the pandemic. Being the single point of contact for design and build helped refine lines of communication, this and great backup support ensured an agile delivery that met the clients' needs and satisfaction.
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