Food Hyigenic Concept (FHC)


Brecon Group builds PP4C-alliance cleanroom at Nutricia in Zoetermeer.

The Nutricia location in Zoetermeer produces specialized liquid medical nutrition and baby food. These are products that contribute to the well-being of their users and which are distributed to 46 countries. The Nutricia factory in Zoetermeer has been in operation since 1896 and stands for innovation, cutting-edge technology and high quality. This is thanks to the exacting requirements set for these products intended for vulnerable target groups: babies, older people and people with an illness.

In 2016 the Brecon Group was asked to build a High Care (Cleanroom) space in collaboration with PP4C partners Kuijpers and Denios BV. This space is equipped with, among other things, a 65 m2 stainless-steel down-flow cabin produced by Denios. Protein-containing products and protein-free products are produced in this cabin, alternating in periods of several weeks.

Between the various production runs the entire cleanroom needs to be cleaned extremely thoroughly. Obviously, any kind of mixing of raw materials or finished products must be strictly avoided. The supply of raw materials is conducted from completely separate storage spaces and the staff access system includes a specially designed dressing area.

The cleanroom itself is ca. 80 m2 in size, with a basic ceiling height of 2.7 m that partially extends to 6 m in height. The space was constructed on the basis of our BCPS (Brecon Cassette Panel System); this means that walls, ceiling, doors and windows are prefabricated and could be installed on site without any extra work. The four fast-loop roller doors were supplied and installed by PP4C partner Assa Abloy. Moreover, the Brecon Group equipped the space with a Delphin central extractor system, realized in stainless steel.

The Epoxy trowel floor, with concave skirting boards, was supplied and installed by the Nutricia preferred supplier “Stonehard” on behalf of the Brecon Group.

The complete HVAC installation, serving the entire hall and in particular the cleanroom, was designed and installed by PP4C partner Kuijpers.

Cleaning for validation purposes is carried out by PP4C partner WERO. This company has also been commissioned to carry out the regular cleaning tasks involved in the production change-arounds.

The validation, carried out by PP4C partner CMI, was completed successfully and as a result it was possible to give the cleanroom clearance for production fully on schedule.

The dressing area, the airlocks in the warehouse and the 112 m2 partition wall consisting of sandwich panels, with a height of 9 metres, were also installed by the Brecon Group.

Following evaluation of the project, the project leader at Nutricia, Mr Jan de Ruiter as well as Mr Til Ramdoelare, the project manager at the client construction company JP van Eesteren, were very positive about the collaboration. They can now look back at a project that proved highly successful in terms of both quality and punctual delivery.

For reasons of confidentiality regarding specific trade secrets, no photos of this work are available.