24 May 2018

PHARMADEC, which specialises in the design and construction of turnkey projects for those involved in the life sciences and well-being sectors, has just completed a big project for LEHNING LABORATORIES in the East of France. We look back at this 7300 m² extension and reorganisation project, which took 30 months of work, with Frédéric NAU, Operating Manager in charge of purchases, investment and safety for this firm which specialises in the production of homeopathic and herbal medicine and cosmetic products.

A forward looking project

LEHNING LABORATORIES, a family group specialising in the formulation, manufacture and sale of medicines largely based on natural products, started work three years ago on reorganising its historic production site in Sainte Barbe relying on the PHARMADEC teams to take care of the design and construction. “This project results from the desire of the directors in the firm to move ahead with this factory to satisfy the increasing needs of medical bodies in France and abroad,” explained Jean-Frédéric NAU, Project manager for LEHNING. “Today, our products are sold in France and around Europe, but also in Russia, Pakistan and Canada, so the idea was to satisfy the requirements of the medical markets in the various countries. We also wanted to overhaul the production site in Sainte Barbe to optimise the movement of people, ingredients and production.”

A 7300 m² extension and reorganisation

The PHARMADEC teams took care of the extension and reorganisation of the whole of this pharmaceutical factory. Two extensions were built, allowing firstly the possibility of satisfying codes of practice for the production of solids and secondly to increase the storage capacity for tictures and macerated products. The whole of the main washroom was updated to increase production capacity with a new area built for storing packaging materials and raw materials and an alcohol storage unit with distribution system was set up. Three drying chambers (from 30°C to 70°C), and a dust removal unit and cold rooms were also created to complete this massive project.

30 months of work on a site that was still running

The project was organised in eight successive phases in order to cut to a minimum the impact on the firm’s production, which kept going throughout the construction period. Perfect coordination was required between the PHARMADEC teams and those in charge of production for LEHNING LABORATORIES to ensure every little detail was scheduled in the various stages of the project, which lasted 30 months from the preparatory phase in November 2015 to the final handover last month.

Made to measure assistance and a turnkey concept

PHARMADEC worked with LEHNING from the start of the project by drawing up a master plan for the site defining the timetable for the various work and changes to the factory until everything was completed. Made to measure support and a turnkey project concept were vital, as Jean-Frédéric NAU explains. “It soon became clear that we required a turnkey approach for some very simple reasons. Because our teams were limited, we would not have been able to deal with all the different types of work with the same level of monitoring as that done by the work teams at PHARMADEC.”

An efficient partnership

At the end of this joint effort with PHARMADEC, Jean-Frédéric NAU judged how the construction of this huge project went. “From the start, we could see that everyone was heavily committed and wanted to contribute to this project from the Managing Directors to the sales and R&D teams. We all worked together hand in hand and very openly as real partners. We particularly noted the human relationships in this partnership with a real team spirit and excellent communication between the two parties. As well as the rapid response, openness, honesty and the ability of PHARMADEC to accept its mistakes and to correct them efficiently.”


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