Case Studies

Fit Out


International accountancy and business advisory firm, BDO believe in creating an inclusive working environment where teamwork and relationships matter. They reached out to Ardmac to provide a state-of-the-art interior fit out for their new office in Central Square, Leeds. They wanted a flexible, open workspace with high-tech facilities, that would encourage a collaborative and productive working environment for their 150 staff.

From the outset, we held weekly meetings with the client and the mechanical and electrical sub-contractors. This enabled us to resolve all technical issues while still meeting the client’s brief. Each weekly meeting set milestones for the contractors to achieve. Having the client involved from a very early stage facilitated productive and positive working relationships on the project.

The floor above the work-site was occupied so we took precautions to minimise disruption to business. For example, we arranged to conduct certain noisy tasks in early morning or late evening time-slots.

The new premises provides a contemporary working environment with acoustic meeting rooms, a reception area with custom-made joinery, a contemporary canteen, mechanical and electrical upgrades, and high-quality finishes throughout.

“The Ardmac team, led by Carl, really took the time to understand our business requirements and unique needs. They were inventive, creative, and always full of energy to solve problems. We really appreciate the time they dedicated to working closely with us to create a personalised project plan and realise a design that helped create our fantastic new office in Leeds.”

– Terry Jones, BDO Office Managing Partner, Leeds

 Client: BDO

Location: Leeds, UK

Size: 1,200 square metres

Duration: 12 weeks

Fountain Street


The developers at 81 Fountain Street in Manchester’s central business district, contracted Ardmac to fully refurbish the listed seven-storey building into a vibrant and dynamic workspace. The ground floor restaurant unit and six floors of offices were revamped – a total of 2,500 square metres of space.

We delivered a comprehensive programme of refurbishment works safely, on schedule, and within budget. The project included polished concrete floors to the main entrance, and a glass-fronted double-height entrance reception featuring a custom-made cast concrete and bronze reception desk, and distinctive ‘origami’ sculpture. The building features a new ‘bridge’ at first floor level, full access raised floors, and exposed ceiling soffits to all office areas. We also remodelled the basement car park, adding a cycle hub, complete with cycle racks, showers, a drying room, and lockers.

Following the success of the Cat A fit out, in close co-operation with Castleforge Partners, and project managers Capita and Linesight, Kier Group appointed Ardmac to deliver the high spec Cat B fit out within the building.

“From the outset, the Ardmac team worked in a supportive, transparent fashion, performing to a high level. The management team engaged well with myself, advisers, and other key staff. The Ardmac approach was to always facilitate constructive solutions to the challenges faced on the project. A great example of this was when there was an issue with the substation, and there was no access to electricity. Ardmac proactively and quickly resolved the issue to ensure there was no work stoppage on the project. Throughout the life of the project, we were consistently impressed with the quality of the construction and the delivery of the design team’s vision, on time and on budget.”

– Anthony Maxwell Jones, Principal, Castleforge Partners

Client: Wilton Developments

Location: Manchester, UK

Size: 2,500 square metres

Duration: 22 weeks



Hostelworld contacted Ardmac to fit out the company’s Irish headquarters in Central Park, Sandyford, Dublin. Hostelworld wanted a fresh, contemporary workspace with custom-made joinery and specialist solutions including a reception counter that doubles as a coffee shop, and a bar that is accessible from the reception.

The architectural specifications on the project required a very high level of quality, and the architect was regularly present on site to confirm any setting out and design changes. This ensured that the project ran smoothly.

The floors above Hostelworld’s offices were occupied throughout the project, so noisy works were scheduled out-of-hours to minimise disruption to the other occupants.

The complete fit-out project comprised open-plan workspaces, cellular offices, meeting rooms, breakout areas, and tea points. A new reception was installed with a custom-made desk and feature walls with specialised joinery. The fit-out programme met all milestones and was handed over on schedule.

“Through the life of the build I have been consistently impressed by the quality of the construction and the delivery of the desired vision. Great credit goes to Ardmac for the meticulous planning and resolute execution of the project – their exceedingly high standards, an obsession with detail, as well as the tenacity to see the job through.”

– Stuart Priday, Hostelworld

Client: Hostelworld and Green Reit

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Size: 2,500 square metres

Duration: 12 weeks



Executives at SAGE, Europe’s second largest technology company, choose Ardmac to complete a full Cat A and B fit out of their new offices in Central Park, Sandyford. Their vision for the new base in Dublin was a vibrant, multifunctional, open plan office environment for SAGE’s marketing and sales teams who support the company’s 1.8 million strong European client base.

The SAGE staff moved into the space on a phased basis, and part of the fit-out was completed while the premises were occupied. We completed the project ahead of schedule, and maintained our exacting high standards. Our team worked closely with the SAGE staff, helping to ensure a seamless early transition into their new home.

During the 14-week programme, across the ground floor and first floor, we created a sophisticated reception area, executive offices, innovative collaboration and breakout spaces, meeting rooms, and a games room.

Client: SAGE

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Size: 3,000 square metres

Duration: 14 weeks

101 Barbirolli Square


In early 2017, Ardmac were awarded the contract for a refurbishment of 101 Barbirolli Square in Manchester city centre. This landmark building comprises approximately 8,000 square metres of office space over six floors.

The refurbishment uses high-quality finishes to create a sophisticated look and includes structural elements to extend the footprint and height of the entrance reception area and to introduce new curtain walling to the space.

Careful consideration is being given to working around existing tenants who are occupying a number of floors within the building during the first phase. We are taking an “invisible” working approach, carrying out any noisy or disruptive works out-of-hours and maintaining a close working relationship with the building manager and tenant representatives.

Working alongside project managers, Savills, and architects, 5 Plus, the transformation of the building is progressing well.

Location: Manchester, UK

Size: 8,000 square metres

Duration:  Ongoing since early 2017

Refurb and Construction

Confidential Client – Project A


The new Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility in Co. Dublin was developed in response to increasing demand for medical device manufacturing, and represents the company’s most recent investment in Ireland. This premier Medtech company appointed Ardmac as the single source for design, construction, commissioning, and qualification of the new facility, which must meet the stringent requirements of pharmaceutical and governmental regulations. The brief included the design phase co-ordination of all structural, civil, architectural, mechanical, and electrical elements.

Our senior team devised methodologies for the pre-contract, design, and build stages. A three-week float was established to de-risk the programme, and variations that could affect the programme were immediately highlighted to the client for agreement. Our team created a timeline of key milestones, which kept the project on schedule.

We seamlessly delivered a world-class manufacturing medical device facility that fully supports the client’s business objectives. The 6,600-square-metre complex includes new cleanrooms for production, warehousing facilities, offices, a canteen, and associated site facilities. The project was completed three weeks early, within budget, and with a zero-incident safety record.

Due to the successful delivery of this project, from greenfield site to state-of-the-art medical device facility, Ardmac were shortlisted for the Commercial Construction Award in the Irish Construction Industry Awards 2017.

Client: Confidential Client

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Size: 6,600 square metres

Duration: 43 weeks



VistaMed designs, develops, and manufactures complex catheters and complimentary medical devices supported by a state-of-the-art extrusion process. They recently expanded their manufacturing facilities in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, in response to increased demand in the export market for diverse braided catheter assemblies. The new facility includes       a dedicated thermoplastic extrusion area.

Ardmac were contracted as the design and build contractor to deliver 2,000 square metres of new ISO 7 & 8 cleanrooms and 300 square metres of offices and support areas. The scope included full architectural, mechanical, electrical, and structural packages as well as the co-ordination of the process installation.

Client: VistaMed

Location: Leitrim, Ireland

Size: 2,300 square metres

Duration: 10 months


DePuy develops medical products for the treatment of patients with musculoskeletal conditions. They chose Ardmac as their design and build contractor to deliver a new cleanroom in a recently purchased building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork.

The project presented several challenges for our fit-out team. New utilities had to integrate with existing LPHW, chilled water, compressed air, and argon systems without disrupting the existing facility.

To overcome these challenges, we re-evaluated the original design and proposed a new design that provided a more cost effective and energy efficient way of installing the new ISO 8 cleanroom facility. This innovative approach used efficient mechanical and electric systems, which reduced running costs by over 30%.

We delivered a 1,600-square-metre world-class facility including new ISO 7 and 8 cleanrooms, plant areas, mechanical, electrical, and process installations, structural steel suspension systems, and external steel support structures.

“We found the DePuy team, including John Sisk + Son, to be very helpful and flexible in their approach in assisting in the execution of this ISO 8 cleanroom fitout.”

– George Walker, Ardmac Regional Manager

Client: DePuy

Location: Cork, Ireland

Size: 1,600 square metres

Duration: 20 weeks



The leading investment management firm, Rathbones, contracted Ardmac to refurbish their offices in the listed Port of Liverpool building. The key challenge of the twelve-week programme was the installation of an access staircase between the second and third floors.

To allow for early site sizing, we formed a temporary soundproof and dust-resistant pod on the third floor. This enabled us to drill core holes between floors to facilitate measurement of key height and width parameters. Early engagement with key subcontract partner MCJ Fabrications, allowed drawings to be produced and approved, enabling a five-week period from site measure to commencement of the installation.

Full implementation of management processes provided a business-as-usual environment for the Rathbones staff who occupied the building. We replaced the windows and the roofing system concurrently to ensure that there was no unnecessary disruption. Coordination with the contractor working on the facade of the building was an important part of the project delivery.

The project was completed to the required specifications and within the agreed budget. The scheme was delivered to the full satisfaction of the listed building officer. The Rathbone project was shortlisted for Project of the Year at the North West Construction Awards.

Ardmac has been engaged as Rathbones’ building contractor of choice for over 10 years. Throughout this relationship they have consistently delivered an extremely high level of quality and service.

Ardmac truly understands our company culture, business and quality expectations. They have demonstrated that they are able to continually translate this information into aiding with the design development process whilst offering practical solutions to construction issues during the build to reduce cost.

Teamwork is an essential element to the Ardmac culture and it is this approach that has been the key element of the successful outcome of our numerous projects undertaken together. Ardmac fully understands the client/contractor relationship and take the lead role to ensure that each project is delivered within the agreed program and budget tolerances.”

– Martin Lumber, Facilities Manager, Rathbones

Client: Rathbones

Location: Liverpool

Size: 6,500 square metres

Duration: 12 weeks


Allergan Biologics

Allergan pharmaceuticals develop medical aesthetics, and drugs for paediatric cerebral palsy, cervical dystonia, hyperhidrosis, and glaucoma. Allergan engaged with Ardmac to install high-quality cleanrooms in their facility in Westport, Co. Mayo, over an overall floor area of 1,300 square metres.

This project was given a long design period, which meant that all services were modelled prior to arrival on-site. Collaborative design methods eliminated any clashes between services and the architectural fabric of the building. 3D Revit Modelling was used throughout the project.

The aseptic facility required a large number of interfaces with process kit and services. To create a crevice-free finish, all items were installed fully flush, from sockets to service plates, and all grilles were fully welded. A Dagard Monobloc walk-on ceiling was installed with Dagard HPL walls. Every third panel was removable to aid flexibility of equipment ingress. Allergan have a specific colour requirement so all items needed to be perfectly colour-matched.

Quality was of paramount importance to Allergan. We met their exacting standards throughout the facility and delivered the project on time, within a very tight construction programme. We followed Allergan’s stringent IQ/OQ processes as well as their detailed inspection and test plans, which were signed off by the client at key milestones.

Constructed to achieve ISO 5, 7, and 8 cleanroom standards, the project incorporated an extensive scope of works including walk-on ceilings, gel ceilings, a full-flush solution, hinged and sliding doors, and extensive lighting. 

Client: Allergan Biologics

Location: Westport, Mayo

Size: 1,300 square metres

Duration: 19 months


Confidential Client – Project B

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An established global pharmaceutical company with a base in Cork, Ireland, contracted Ardmac to install over 6,500 square metres of ISO 6, 7, and 8 cleanroom facilities. The project included flush wall systems, cold rooms, stainless steel platforms, automated door systems, and a working platform ceiling system along with the associated secondary steel structures.

Our team used BIM modelling to create a complete design for the cleanroom. This helped to visualise, plan, and validate the design prior to construction, and to keep to the aggressive 12-month schedule. Service clashes were eliminated and all services operated around each other seamlessly.  The design was completed a few months ahead of the project moving on-site. This allowed us to identify the site team early in the process.

Our initial task was to erect fire walls that encapsulated the clean space, and to install the ceiling suspension rods. This mitigated the safety risks associated with working in and around services at a high level. The robust ceiling provided a safe working platform for the multiple service contractors to install their works in parallel to the cleanroom installation beneath.

We delivered the project with a zero-incident safety record. The final cleanroom included 2,000 linear metres of flush partitioning systems, 6,500 square metres of working platform ceiling, 6,300 square metres of epoxy and vinyl flooring, doorsets and interlocks, lights, terminal filter housings, associated secondary steel structures, cold rooms, stainless steel platforms, bump rails, corner guards, and stairs.

Client: Confidential

Location: Cork, Ireland

Size: 6,500 square metres

Duration: 21 months

GSK Worthing


Ardmac were contracted to deliver the fit out of ISO 5, 7, and 8 cleanroom facilities for the pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline at their facility in Worthing.

We used lean construction methodologies throughout this project to gain a number of design efficiencies. The design team discussed potential problems and developed a clear plan to eliminate possible hold ups on site. For example, the ATEX area on the first floor had a ceiling height of 9 metres, so the installation team required a double lift system to install specialised walls in this area.

A number of bespoke fire-proofing methods were employed to ensure the safety of production operatives working in the facility. Rapid roller doors were installed, which are suitable for grade B environments. ATEX areas required ATEX-rated interlocks as well as antistatic flooring. Changing rooms were installed with recessed Trespa furniture. Glass return air plenums were installed throughout the facility.

Some of the process kit was late and did not match the original design. We worked with onsite teams to assist wherever possible to adapt their install sequence to facilitate these delays and to help make minor amendments to the process kit design to incorporate neat flooring solutions. A collaborative design approach and ongoing communication between all parties helped to deliver the high-end bespoke solution on time and within budget.

“The end users are very pleased with the modernised area which provides a great working environment with a light and airy feel.”

– David Newgreen

Client: GSK Worthing

Location: Worthing, UK

Size: 2700 square metres

Duration: 28 months


AbbVie is an innovative pharmaceutical company that develops pharmaceutical, nutritional, diagnostic, and medical products for people around the world. They reached out to Ardmac to convert a warehouse into an ISO 7 and 8 cleanroom facility in Sligo, Ireland. The new cleanroom facility was designed to produce medicines to treat thyroid and kidney-related conditions.

The existing warehouse provided a very congested site with severe space limitations, along with all the challenges of working within a live environment.

Works included a full architectural package comprising epoxy floors, modular walls and ceilings, automated and manual doors, gowning and laboratory furniture, and lighting and air distribution.

“We worked extremely closely with the consultants and the client on this ISO Class 7 and 8 cleanroom project, and delivered a cleanroom envelope solution with a 2.5kN/m2 ceiling with integrated cable management. Given time and space constraints, this was a challenging project but one where there was a predictable and positive outcome.”

– Jason Casey, Site Manager

Client: AbbVie

Location: Sligo, Ireland

Size: 1,800 square metres

Duration: 38 weeks


Confidential Client – Project C, Eemshaven, The Netherlands

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Ardmac were contracted to provide the internal architectural trade package in the construction of a new 60+ megawatt, 43,000-square-metre datacentre in Eemshaven, The Netherlands. The project’s location demanded the highest safety standards as weather conditions were sometimes challenging, and design for seismic activity had to be considered.

We used BIM during the design and construction phases to aid the coordination and installation processes.

Design for security played an important role in product selection, and the choice of compliant ironmongery solutions for access control was important to the project’s success. Site logistics were also carefully considered, as multiple floors were operational on the construction programme at one time.

The architectural scope in the data centre and its support buildings included whitewall (40,000 square metres), seismic ceilings (26,000 square metres), 280 steel doorsets, and caging (300 square metres).

All works were successfully coordinated and delivered to the client on time (multiple phases were completed within one year), within budget, and to the required specifications. 

Client: Confidential

Location: Eemshaven, The Netherlands

Size: 43,000 square metres

Duration: 14 months

Confidential Client – Project D, Middenmeer, The Netherlands

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Ardmac were contracted on a trade package basis by our client in Middenmeer, The Netherlands, to deliver the architectural fit-out of a new design-and-build 30+ megawatt, 50,000-square-metre, hyper-scale, tier 4 data centre facility. We provided a full-time site team along with engineering support, and at peak times, up to 100 skilled operatives were required on site so that the project was completed to a high standard, within the agreed timeframe.

The architectural fit-out scope of the data halls included whitewall (45,000 square metres), walk-on ceilings (32,000 square metres), 132 hot aisle containment units, and 380 steel doorsets. Ardmac also completed the fit-out of the 2,000 square metres of office and support areas.

Particular attention was given to understanding and ensuring compliance with local building codes. This was especially important when considering the fire-rated walls, doors, and compartments on the project.

Fully coordinated BIM modelling was used during the design and construction phases. We also used modular and prefabricated design solutions to advance the construction process and help to deliver a complete scope of works ahead of schedule.

Our team, led by Project Director Sean Mullan, was awarded two consecutive ‘Contractor of the Month’ awards. Ardmac were judged on extensive criteria including safety, contract management, construction, environment, quality, and delivery. 

Client: Confidential

Location: Middenmeer, The Netherlands

Size: 50,000 square metres

Duration: 22 months

Confidential Client – Project E, Dublin, Ireland

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Ardmac were contracted to provide the architectural fit out of a 17+ megawatt, hyper-scale data centre facility of 55,000 square metres for a client in Dublin. 

The project was constructed across multiple phases on an ongoing basis. BIM was used during the design and construction phase to aid the coordination and construction processes, and interface with structural, mechanical, and electrical services throughout. BIM also effectively minimised waste from the project.

Our careful design and procurement of prefinished modular products that could be readily installed on site advanced the construction process and helped to deliver a complete scope of works on schedule. Our team’s attention to detail during the product selection process allowed the collation of data that assisted in LEED certification.

Works included the design, coordination, and construction of hot-aisle containment, raised access floors, internal partitioning systems, doors and ironmongery, suspended seismic and structural ceilings and bulkheads, fire-stopping packages, and a security package. 

Client: Confidential

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Size: 55,000 square metres

Confidential Client – Project F, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Ardmac were involved in the refurbishment of more than 9,000 square metres of existing buildings by our client in Amsterdam, to create a multi-phase, hyper-scale, 50+ megawatt data centre co-location facility over a period of two years.

This ongoing project will see Ardmac install hot and cold aisle containment units, suspended structural ceiling systems, raised access floors, internal partitioning systems, doors and ironmongery, fire-stopping packages, and a security package. BIM is being used during the design and construction phases to aid the coordination and construction processes.

Careful design of a modular, hot aisle containment solution is crucial to the success of this installation, along with seamless integration with existing mechanical and electrical services installed ahead of Ardmac’s involvement.

Client: Confidential

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Size: 9,000 square metres

Duration: 24 months

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