We celebrated the placing of the first pile for the new cold store building at the MSD site in Haarlem, Netherlands. Following the Dutch tradition of ‘Eerste Paal’ the event marks the beginning of the construction phase of the project.
The project is being delivered by John Sisk & Son providing a full turnkey project delivery from concept to commissioning. Sisk has worked with their design partners, Arup and RKD to deliver the front-end concept and design. Arup provided support to Sisk in design management, multidisciplinary engineering and specialist consultancy, with RKD Architects providing full architectural services.
The project has been developed as an innovative model in “construction led execution” from concept through design, execution, commissioning and turnover with the aim of delivering greater efficiency throughout and maintaining focus on the target value and final project outcome.
This has been enabled by Sisk leading the turnkey approach and with the proactive collaboration of the design team and Sisk’s early engagement with its key construction partners, Akor and Jones Engineering along with several other Dutch partners. Key to this has been the virtual build in advance that we have done through digital design and other techniques we have used to drive Lean delivery.
MSD is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world renowned for their discoveries and advances in vaccines. MSD established their presence in the Netherlands in 1950's. The site at Haarlem has global significance as the distribution hub for 2,500 SKUs to more than 140 countries.
MSD, Haarlem, Netherlands
Sisk provided construction management and commissioning services to J&J for their new laboratory facility.
Janssen, Beerse, Belgium
Sisk were tasked with the construction management of a pilot vaccine facility within an empty shell of an operational biologics facility. This included the demolition of walls, floors and services, installation of new underground double contained drainage, bio-kill sumps and ground floor slab.
We also constructed a new concrete mezzanine area over the complete production area, new cleanrooms and installed complete new processes, mechanical, electrical & instrumentation, sprinklers, HVAC, BMS and automation systems, equipment and process systems over the existing live production facility including modification of some existing production areas.
Jannsen Biologics, Leiden, Netherlands
Since 2014 John Sisk & Son has been following our key clients across Europe. Sisk have a team of dedicated staff on the ground in European countries.
We have over 35 years' experience in construction delivery and project management of complex data centres and IT facilities for some of the world's leading ICT businesses.
Having developed a unique understanding of the complexities of delivering these projects, our team has been appointed by world-leading organisations confident in the knowledge that their new facility will be delivered with flawless execution.
This solid performance and reputation has resulted in the award of numerous high-level contracts in the micro-electronics, retail, ICT and data sectors over a sustained period with exceptional success.
Sisk are currently working in nine countries across Continental Europe
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Chief Operating Officer (COO) Data Centres, Life Sciences & Technology
Donal is Chief Operating Officer (COO) Data Centres, Life Sciences & Technology. Donal has held numerous senior positions since re-joining the company in 2002 following an eight-year period working in the construction industry in New York. Prior to that he worked as a graduate engineer with Sisk, having joined the company in 1990.
Managing Director, Data Centres
Owen is one of the fifth generation of the Sisk family. In 2009 he commenced our first civil engineering project in the UK and managed much of our civils work across the UK including a number of the London 2012 Olympics projects, one of the UK’s largest onshore windfarms and other infrastructure projects.
He has led a group-wide business transformation programme over recent years and was appointed to the European business in 2019 as Regional Director, working primarily in Life Sciences. In 2022 Owen became Managing Director for Data Centres.