Randox Laboratories Ltd appointed Martin & Hamilton to manage the construction of the new £161 million Randox Science Park in Antrim. As part of the construction programme, the sourcing of hard landscaping materials was required and Tobermore offered a solution with the provision of Manhattan, a striking plank paving system, and Sienna Setts, a modern block paving product that is ideal for bordering.
Randox Laboratories Ltd is a leading firm that specialises in the development of innovative diagnostic tests and technology, primarily targeted at hospital, clinical, food safety, toxicology and veterinary laboratories in more than 145 countries. The new Science Park in Antrim replaces the former Massereene army barracks and it will be used to develop treatments for cancer, stroke and heart disease.
The project also offers benefits for Northern Ireland employment as the company currently employ 800 people in the province and the figure is planned to rise to 1,300 by 2018 as the complex stretches to almost 17 hectares, offering plenty of room for further expansion.
The Randox brand carries great prestige and it was vital that the construction of the new facility reflected this both internally and externally. The Randox team was heavily involved with the selection of building materials and Tobermore’s product offerings greatly impressed them.
Tobermore’s Manhattan plank paving in single length units was specified for the project. Manhattan is manufactured with a granite aggregate surface layer that produces a contemporary look similar to natural granite and the slender product shape creates the impression of space by producing a lengthening or widening effect to the area in which it has been laid.
Tobermore’s Sienna Setts was utilised as a bordering product for the larger element Manhattan blocks. Like Manhattan, Sienna Setts are manufactured with a striking granite aggregate surface layer. The two products were specified in the classic colour of Graphite to create a stylish, modern ambience at the new Randox Science Park.