Teagasc Ashtown – Nutraceutical Laboratory and Offices

Ashtown, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Brief Description of Project

Teagasc – the National Organisation responsible for agricultural research advice and education. Their National Food Centre employs a staff of 130 No., including scientists, research technicians and support staff and research students. The Centre is the leading State Training Facility in food safety, quality systems, food innovation, and new product development – training up to 2,000 Managers, Supervisors and Operatives annually. The Centre’s training, auditing and consultancy services in food safety are accredited to IS0:90012000.

CJFA delivered an overall Master Plan, and its individual components, for the campus – including the integration of a state of the art Conference Facility; the renovation and upgrade of existing Class 3 Laboratories and Laboratory Facilities, and all associated Post-Grad Researchers Facilities; and the construction of Ireland’s first Nutraceutical Laboratory Facility.

In order for these works to be undertaken, enabling works had to be completed – with Temporary Offices erected, and phased extensions and alterations to existing Research Laboratories completed to make way for the new Nutraceutical Laboratory Facility – while allowing all existing facilities to remain in operation, and careful phasing to allow relocation and alterations to existing buildings with the subsequent remodelling of the entire live campus.

This Nutraceutical project, of international standards, was heavily researched, including visits to Canada by Teagasc personnel in order to prepare a Brief for this international facility – the first of its kind in Ireland.

The Facility includes a three-storey building accommodating Link Bridge to existing Class 3 Laboratories and General Laboratories, and includes a ground floor Post-Grad Research Facilities and NMR Suite. The upper floors accommodate the following Laboratories: Bio-Active Isolation, Bio-Organic Synthesis, Bio-Active Characterisation. The facilities also provides a wide range of laboratories and associated offices for scientists, research technicians and post-grad research.

Design Team

Architect: C.J. Falconer & Associated
Structural Engineer: Hayes Higgins Partnership, Consulting Engineers,
Quantity Surveyor: MacMinn O'Reilly Mahon

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