Perfect outcomes for UCB Celltech

UCB Celltech, Slough UK


Replace 20 year old building services with complete new systems at minimal cost without interruption to operations.


Design, Construction and Commissioning.


On fixed price budget with minimal disruption. Ducting and air system allow for long term climate change.


“I thought the delivery of the project was fantastic, considering the complexity of the installation and the install taking place whilst the facility was in full operation. The project was very well managed and successfully delivered.”
Mark Duffy, Head of Engineering, UCB


In the early part of 2006 it was realised that UCB Celltech laboratories and offices at Bath Road in Slough were in need of replacement plant as all the existing was 20 years old and reaching the end of its ‘serviceable life’.  Scitech were initially commissioned to provide a Front End Study to review the various options for providing new plant.

A key concern was to ensure that the proposals would be able to meet future demands on the systems and any predicted environmental changes due to global weather conditions could be met. Scitech reported against these criteria and made recommendations in the Front End Study Report issued in October 2006.

Following internal review UCB Celltech instructed Scitech to undertake the detailed design for the installation. This was later extended to include the procurement and construction management for the project and thereafter recommissioning to provide a complete integrated balanced air system.

As a follow on from this project we were also commissioned to carry out the upgrading of the electrical supply to the facility and the fit out of various other laboratories requiring refurbishment.

The total plant replacement and full integration and recommissioning was carried out with minimal shutdowns and within a 12 month period.  This enabled UCB to carry on with their research work with disruption limited to small and programmed local shutdowns where ductwork modifications were required.  During these programmed and controlled ‘windows’ the opportunity was taken to clean all the existing ductwork systems and replace pneumatically controlled valves with electrically operated versions.

As a result of the success of these projects, Scitech have been able to carry out further laboratory upgrades and prepared studies on options for plant replacement.

Project Details


Laboratory HVAC Upgrade


UCB Celltech


Slough, UK




2.5 Years


Andy Turvil – Project Manager

What our clients say

Scitech have the specialist knowledge and capabilities to ensure a compliant solution was delivered. Engaging with Scitech early in a project can ensure the correct approach is made and offer significant time and financial benefits to the overall result.

Dr S. J. Archibald , University of Hull

Scitech’s designers fully understood the nature and requirements of our business and engaged with the users to develop a modular design for the cell culture laboratories and GMP suites.  The project was delivered successfully and ongoing support was provided to ensure the commissioning and functional operation of the laboratories.

Head of Facilities, Covance

The facility enables us to reconfigure the laboratories with minimal time and effort, in order to meet the changing needs of our work.

Laboratory Manager, B530 Discovery Park, Pfizer

I’ve used Scitech to act as consultants and provide commissioning services on two major radiopharmaceutical production facilities in Belfast and Cardiff. Scitech were a key partner in designing, commissioning and validating the facility and played a major part in successfully delivering a functioning facility.

Dr Chris Marshall , Operations Director, Cardiff University

We needed a company to partner with us at all stages, from initial feasibility, through detailed facility design on the build programme and to the final commissioning. We have been impressed by the technical calibre of the Scitech team and their overall professional approach to keeping our project on time, specification and budget. We look forward to our facility opening in 2012 following a true partnership with the full Scitech team.

Mark Dean-Netscher, Chief Operating Officer, Penn Pharma

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