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HSE NVRL Covid Testing Laboratory

HSE NVRL Covid Testing Laboratory
DAFM BackWeston


The NVRL (National Viral Reference Laboratory) is the largest medical virology laboratory in the country, ordinarily processing up to 3000 respiratory samples a month. However, with the arrival of the global Covid Pandemic in February 2020, it swiftly became clear, a further testing facility was required.

As part of the programme to support the ongoing national pandemic response, the NVRL with the support of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), consolidated Covid-19 testing at a satellite laboratory at the DAFM Backweston Campus, Co. Kildare. Demesne Architects were brought in to assist with this developing health emergency.

Acting as Project Managers, initially the existing laboratories including equipment were relocated, ensuring full coordination of mechanical and electrical services in a live active laboratory campus. It was then paramount to ensure all services were in place for the required high-end laboratory testing equipment and all associated facilities. This allowed the fitout to proceed without delay. The project was carried out within a critical time scale of 8 weeks, with completion in December 2020.

This was a project completed under extenuating circumstances, in the midst of Level 5 lockdown restrictions. Despite this, and the added challenges this brought, the project was delivered on time with thanks due to the extraordinary effort of every member of the team.

Demesne Architects were proud to be involved with this essential project, this laboratory doubled the capacity for national testing overnight at the time of opening. Delivered at a crucial point in the fight against this pandemic, testing up to 4000 samples a day by November 2021, the ability to have increased testing ultimately aided in the national effort to save lives.

Bimeda Animal Healthcare

Bimeda Animal Healthcare
800 m2

Bimeda is a leading global manufacturer, marketer and distributor of animal health products and veterinary pharmaceuticals promoting and delivering global excellence in animal health.

This project involved the complete renovation of an existing office and conversion of an existing office area to a quality control lab.

The project was completed through 2020 / 2021, during the covid pandemic lock down, whilst the office staff worked from home and the existing laboratory remained in full operation. The concept of a soft return to work influenced the scheme, the client was focused on staff satisfaction levels and retention.

We worked with the client to create a more relaxing, casual environment as a break from the harsh lighting and finishes of the laboratory & existing office spaces.

Due to nature of the work carried out by the company there are natural elements throughout the scheme.

Since the completion of this project, we have received very positive feedback from the client.

Perigord Head Offices

Perigord Life Science, Dublin
Full Architectural Services
1,200 m2

Perigord are a global leader in the design, management and delivery of packaging, marcoms and digital assets for Life Science Companies. To complement their ambitious international growth plans, they decided to relocate to  larger offices, which were to be designed to facilitate their new planned workflows, adhering to strict QA procedures.

Demesne worked closely with the client to analyse their in house QA processes and to design a workflow layout that optimised performance.

The carefully considered plan form originates from a notional molecular structure. This generated a hexagonal form which informed the design approach, and importantly allowed each office team to operate at maximum efficiency, following QA procedures, whilst also creating a lively and fun environment.

Design was the catalyst to assist the process and Demesne’s experience of Lean work flow was key to the project’s success.

Perigord operate in a highly regulated environment and adhere to strict QA procedures, which are regularly independently audited by their clients. They base their business on “Lean” processes and this approach was reflected in the design and layout of the efficient yet uplifting space .

The social and dining area is a key hub. It is laid out in a casual fashion, providing both communal and intimate spaces, which afford group dining or areas for quieter reflection or even casual meetings in the molecular themed privacy pods.

“We are delighted with the fit out of our premises which were designed by Demesne Architects. They worked closely with us to understand our Lean Workflow and QA procedures and created efficient layouts to deliver a fresh inviting environment to attract and interest staff. It has really helped our business grow and develop.”

Alan Leamy – CEO Perigord