The project involved a manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and administration building totaling 50,000m2 in area set within a 45 acre green-field site. The 13,000m2 production floor comprises 8 separate production lines, all closely integrated, each delivering product directly into the 18,500m2 warehouse facility to the whole of Ireland. The production floor is linked closely to the 12,000m2 specialist production support area which includes “filling” clean rooms, QA Laboratories, water processing facilities, compressor rooms, steam generation boilers and a syrup manufacturing area. All have been designed in line with good manufacturing process (GMP) standards. Also included in the Production Support Area is a standalone PET injection moulding facility providing pre-forms for bottles directly to the blowing area which in turn provides bottles directly to filling lines on a “just-in-time” supply basis. The need for expansion has been designed into the scheme to ensure that the design has been future proofed in a growing market.
Coca-Cola’s facility at Knockmore Hill was procured on a ‘design and build’ basis. Albert Fry Associates provided both Civil and Structural Engineering Consultancy Services to CCHBC’s ICT headed up by Ostick & Williams Architects. The ICT were appointed to undertake site appraisals, bring the scheme to RIBA Stage D and to achieve planning permission and statutory approvals. The ICT M&E Consultants were novated to the Design & Build Contractor whilst the Architect, Cost Consultant and Consulting Engineers were retained as Client Advisors with monitoring and project management roles.