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McNeil Plant

A ten-year capital investment plan for a pharmaceutical site, incorporating 2D and 3D facility layouts using Revit and a 4D walkthrough presenting the phased development.

Bullet Client McNeil

Our client’s challenge

It is a very complex site, with multiple levels over multiple buildings, and the client wanted to optimise the flow of materials and people through the buildings and develop a credible concept design and capital investment plan.

The client wanted the strategy completed over an eight-week period, rather than the 12-14 weeks it would normally take. 

They needed a team who could be coordinated quickly, who had experience in the pharmaceutical industry and in their particular area, and who also had good experience of the Swedish construction market to provide cost estimates.

Our approach

The ten-strong WSP team included four UK engineers from WSP CEL and six from three different Swedish offices, between them bringing many years of experience of working within the pharmaceutical industry. 

To enable the client to visualise its strategy, WSP proposed the use of BIM and Revit 3D to develop a unique 5D model incorporating scope, schedule and cost. This provided the client with real-time walk-throughs and an ideal presentation tool to use with senior management to demonstrate clearly how the expansion programme would develop over time.


During WSP’s customer feedback process, the concept study received a score of 100% positive feedback. The successful completion of the concept strategy led to an invitation to prequalify for a global services agreement for Johnson & Johnson, the client’s parent company.