At Xellia, LBP Engineering has helped build around 1.000 sqm of production facilities at multiple levels. The large project was initiated in 2017 but has actually been underway for 10 years. The main purpose is to prepare Xellia’s production of active substances for future legislative demands – and to refurbish Xellia’s production line from an open to a closed process. This will entail, among other things, that Xellia employees in the future can move about freely without the need for clean air equipment. This benefits HSE matters, and the general level of sterility is heightened at the same time.
The new production facilities include cleanrooms, cold rooms and equipment rooms as well as a new cooling and ventilation installations, a buffer tank and a loop for treated clean water. LBP Engineering were originally hired as building owner consultants with responsibility for the building, building permits, and technical installations. However, we quickly took over both construction management and HSE management – and LBP has also designed and drawn out the new production line building.
Project manager Allan Christensen underlines the importance of consultant and client working as one organizational unit from the off: “We have prioritised being physically present from day one, both from our side and from Xellia’s. In effect, this has implied sitting together in mobile site huts and sharing a desk at least four days a week for more than two years. We have also eaten out together as a group sometimes. All of this has helped us build a common alignment of expectations and a mutual trust – particularly important when not all goes according to plan. That sort of trust is something you need to work at. When we sketch out project agreements now, we know that they will be uphold, and we know where the project is headed. That greatly affects the process,” says Allan Christensen.