IQE Wafer MegaFoundry

Faithful+Gould, Atkins and CMB Engineering have collaborated to deliver a world-class Compound Semiconductor Wafer MegaFoundry for IQE, in Imperial Park, Newport. The new Megafoundry is at the heart of the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster; CSconnected.

IQE is the global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced semiconductor wafer products. Faithful+Gould is providing project management and cost consultant services to assist IQE with their major expansion programme.

In December 2016, the challenge was set to deliver a £39.7m project in two years, from inception to handover. The site, a large empty manufacturing building on the outskirts of Newport, had been derelict for 20 years and required major dilapidation works.

With Faithful+Gould’s project management support, Atkins design skills and IQE’s detailed input, the project successfully achieved RIBA Stage 3 design in just eight weeks. The well-coordinated start meant the team obtained planning in seven weeks with work beginning on site just eight months after appointment. Working seamlessly with Atkins designers and CMB Engineering contractors in Newport, the construction progressed rapidly.

Collaboration was key for creating conditions for success. The team ensured regular face-to-face communication, with the design team and project management team working in parallel, engaging frequently with the client and the contractor on site. The rapid timescales and two-stage design and build procurement route ensured that the project team remained in close contact with the client team and stakeholders throughout. The culture was based on trust, with risks shared, and all efforts focused on achieving the same goal.

This sophisticated level of collaboration paid off when the project team won the Integration and Collaborative Working Award at Constructing Excellence Wales in 2018. Faithful+Gould was thrilled to play a part in this prestigious victory.

Following our success at Imperial Park, Faithful+Gould has secured additional projects with IQE’s US counterparts, developing their facility in Massachusetts.

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