Completion of the first stage of construction of Polfa Tarchomin's oncology drugs factory

News date: July 6, 2022
Completion of the first stage of construction of Polfa Tarchomin's oncology drugs factory

On 5 July 2022, the topping-out ceremony and the completion of the first stage of work on the construction of the Polfa SA Oncology Drug Development and Production Centre in Tarchomin took place. This is a unique project on a national and European scale and, at the same time, the largest investment of Tarchomińskie Zakłady Farmaceutyczne Polfa SA.


Budimex, as part of the contract, was responsible for completing the raw state of the building. Construction works lasted from November last year until June 2022. The new Oncology Drug Development and Production Centre will have three main purposes - i.e. production of sterile forms and research and development (R&D) and quality control (QC) laboratories.


‘The period of execution of the shell works, which defines the scope of the current Budimex Contract, and which falls between November 2021 and June this year, revealed how much the entire macroeconomic situation prevailing in the country is brought together in a single construction project. Despite the prestige and size that characterises our New Centre for Research and Development of Barren Forms project, problems with procurement, and supply chains, intertwined with design difficulties, confirmed that crises severely affect any construction project, regardless of its parameters. The problems we encountered confirmed Tarchomińskie Zakłady Farmaceutyczne's conviction that in uncertain times it is worth having reliable business partners, and Budimex proved to be such in this situation’, says Robert Chabros, Project Manager of TZF Polfa SA.


As part of the first stage of work on the facility, Budimex carried out a number of activities, including the execution of earthworks, reinforced concrete works, the steel structure on the roof and the execution of the under-floor technological installation.


‘The execution of the works fell into a very difficult economic period caused by the war in Ukraine, with its consequences in the form of interrupted supplies of materials both from Ukraine and through the imposed embargo from Russia and Belarus. This situation had a direct impact on the availability of materials, workers as well as very significant price fluctuations of building materials. The joint action taken, the partnership approach to problems, and the flexibility in decision-making by the ordering party TZF Polfa made it possible to realise the entrusted scope of the contract. For the construction of the building, we completed 12,000 m3 of excavation, 10,000 m3 of foundation backfill, 8,500 m3 of concrete and built 840 T of reinforcing steel and 60 T of steel substructure’, comments Paweł Wróblewski, Budimex SA Contract Manager.


The value of the completed works under the contract, including additional works, amounted to more than PLN 22 million. The contract was executed using BIM technology, enabling control, construction design editing and operation in virtual space.


‘The most difficult stage of the works was to keep the water table below 7 m from ground level. In order to do this, it was necessary to pump out 12,000 m3 of water per day from the excavation. We carried out the work during the winter in two shifts. Despite the aforementioned difficult economic and geopolitical situation and the resulting exodus of workers from Ukraine, we were able to ensure continuity of work and even increase employment on the contract. There was also a considerable challenge to ensure continuity in the supply of materials, which forced us to look for alternative sources of supply’, Paweł Wróblewski adds.


‘The completion of the shell work is a special time for each investment; it closes the chapter of potential problems from external factors but opens a new one - a particularly important one, the proper coordination of design works and internal, installation works. It is also the stage that concludes the works, which are usually characterised by the fastest pace of implementation. So all possible schedule acceleration has already been done, the more difficult task is ahead of us to choose the right business partner and bring the project to completion within the assumed deadlines and budgets’, Robert Chabros concludes.