The standards were developed through six co-creation workshops held with selected stakeholders from across the organisation. Attendees were presented with an analysis of options which formed the basis for discussions and decisions during the workshop. It was an effective, practical and fast process, as Susanne Rolaff, Associate Director / Consultant Real Estate & Sustainability at Royal HaskoningDHV, explained: “Our methods ensured everyone at Lamb Weston / Meijer took ownership of the standards they developed and will apply them in their daily work. We received very positive feedback from our client who was impressed with the quick and smooth process, effective stakeholder alignment and the clear building standards produced.” 
Standardisation is potentially difficult to achieve because of the need to bring lots of stakeholders on board and achieve alignment. However, Royal HaskoningDHV made standardisation easy.

Pieter-Marc van Dongen

Strategic Project Manager at Lamb Weston / Meijer

Standards cover functional areas, spatial arrangement and building elements 

Lamb Weston / Meijer’s new building standards guide three aspects of the organisation’s development. A room book covers the different functional areas of the site, specifying the architectural requirements and room conditions, including electrical, mechanical and ICT needs for each area of the building. The second aspect is a relational diagram which indicates how the site layout can best support the production process, taking account of hygiene zones, temperatures of different areas and so on. Finally, Lamb Weston / Meijer has specifications of building elements, such as roofing, flooring, and wall coverings so the company knows which products to choose for optimum durability and performance at the best price.

Sustainability and hygiene integrated into safe, healthy production sites

The company’s ambitions in the areas of hygiene and sustainability were brought to life in a separate workshop exploring how they could be embedded into the building standards. For example, the ability to take a step back and consider how areas requiring similar hygiene levels could be zoned together in the relational diagram of the ideal factory proved very beneficial for a more efficient end result. Hygiene was also a consideration when detailing elements such as foundations and interfaces to secure against pests.

Themes of health and wellbeing, energy efficiency, circularity of materials and waste were also relevant. Durability of materials was emphasised to avoid regular replacement, as well as modular design techniques for maximum flexibility in use. Minimum standards for temperature conditions, good ventilation and noise levels were also established within each area to improve employee comfort.

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project results

  • Stakeholder alignment on standards for functional areas, spatial arrangement and building elements

  • Integration of circularity and minimising waste in the building standards by emphasising materials with high durability and materials that are flexible in use

Project facts

  • Client
    Lamb Weston / Meijer
  • Location
    Europe
  • Period
    2021
  • Challenge
    Creating a single source of truth for factories 
  • Solution
    Building standards that cover functional areas, spatial arrangement and building elements