Multi award-winning design, refurbishment, and fit-out specialists DSP (Interiors) Ltd Derby have supported SureScreen Diagnostics’ recent expansion with the completion of fit-out projects at a number of units at their Covid-19 test production facilities across Derby and Nottingham.
The company, which is based on the Parker Industrial Estate on Mansfield Road Derby, was recommissioned by SureScreen Diagnostics after fitting-out a separate production facility for the ‘Nutrivitality’ division of the business, which manufactures world leading liquid nutritional supplements, at Eagle Park, Derby in late 2019.
SureScreen has been at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19, producing antibody and more recently antigen tests, which have been exported to 53 countries across the world.
SureScreen have over 25 years’ experience in these products, and their drive to get a quality test out to people who need them has led SureScreen to be the sole UK manufacturer to be validated by Public Health England. This ever-increasing demand and development of product rapidly increased the need to expand facilities over the past 12 plus months.
During this period, DSP (Interiors) Ltd Derby have been working in partnership with SureScreen to transform a number of newly acquired units into additional production, storage and processing spaces as well as refurbishment work at their Prime Parkway offices.
At the height of the second lockdown in November and December 2020, work was carried out to create racking, packing, electrical and mechanical works at two units at Eagle Park. This was followed by work to install racking at further units in Derby which was completed in between March and July 2021.
The company recently finished a turnkey design and fit-out of a third unit at Eagle Park, which started in May 2021. The speculative empty unit was transformed with the construction of a large mezzanine floor to create ground/first floor production facilities with supporting amenities including toilets and breakout space.
The team at DSP (Interiors) Ltd Derby carried out all the works including mezzanine floor, fire rating, partitions, ceilings, flooring, kitchen, toilets, furniture, mechanical and electrical.
DSP (Interiors) Ltd Derby have also been appointed as principal designer and contractor to fulfil a staged completion of extensive turnkey works at SureScreen’s newest production facility at Sherwood Business Park in Nottingham, the largest of its kind in Europe.
With work on Phases 1 and 2 now complete, DSP (Interiors) Ltd Derby are partnering with SureScreen on a number of other phases to enable them to deliver the tens of millions of lateral flow tests required by the UK Government.
Speaking about the partnership with SureScreen Diagnostics and the projects at Eagle Park, Andy Priestley, director of DSP (Interiors) Ltd Derby, said:
“It’s been a pleasure to work alongside SureScreen Diagnostics on these projects. We have designed and fitted spaces that will help the company to manufacture and produce their rapid Covid-19 tests efficiently and effectively.
“It was important to complete the work as quickly as possible so SureScreen could continue their amazing work to produce Covid-19 antigen tests for the UK and the rest of the world.
“We look forward to continued collaboration with them on the next phase of their state-of-the-art manufacturing site at Sherwood Park,” added Andy.
Alastair Campbell, director of SureScreen Diagnostics, added:
"We first worked with Andy and his team on our production unit at Eagle Park, and they did a superb job for us. They have extensive experience in previous builds and fit-outs and are always extremely helpful in researching and finding solutions to meet our needs.
"DSP Interiors Derby have been key partners in our exciting expansion project. The team has done a fantastic job in such a short space of time to create the production, packing and storage spaces at our new sites.
“Being agile around design changes and applying out of the box thinking on a large, changing project like this has been invaluable. We like the fact that the top man is often on-site and will come to us with suggestions for the best solution.”
“I would absolutely recommend DSP Interiors Derby for developing an empty shell into a dynamic space, with thought to workflow, efficiency of space and ergonomics of layout."