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Client

Douglas Pharmaceuticals

Date

2021

Budget

$40m

Services

  • Project Management

Douglas Pharmaceuticals is New Zealand’s largest privately owned pharmaceutical company. Founded in 1967 in Auckland, their new Douglas Innovation Building was completed in June 2021.

RDT Pacific were the Project Managers, managing the project from the beginning of the design phase, through procurement and the successful construction of this 4,500m² facility.

This new building adds significant research and development (R&D) capacity to Douglas Pharmaceuticals and is the largest pharmaceutical R&D facility in the country. It also frees up significant manufacturing space as the R&D facilities are relocated into their new home and out of the existing manufacturing building.

In addition to the multiple specialist R&D spaces, it also provides office, café and warehousing space. It is linked to the existing head office building by a skybridge and is now an integrated part of the Douglas Pharmaceuticals campus in Henderson.

Construction of the new property progressed in two stages. The site was developed first by specialist civil contractor with tiered carparking and the site infrastructure.

Thereafter construction of the building ensued. Whilst being a new build, it is immediately adjacent to both the head office and the existing distribution warehouse, so operating on a live site needed to be managed appropriately.

A large user group were involved directly in the project and RDT Pacific became an incorporated part of this team.

The building itself is a complex, state of the art facility. With multiple clean spaces hermetic doors and windows were required, pressurization of rooms and careful attention to detail to ensure no surfaces present a hygiene risk.  It has various types of reticulated gases, compressed air and vacuum distributed throughout.

Chilled water, hot water and ultra-pure water is generated onsite and distributed around the building.