HydroGienic® Case study

HydroGienic® at Dechra Pharmaceuticals, UK

The Client:

An innovative and rapidly expanding company, Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC (formerly Dales Pharmaceuticals) provides a wide range of contract manufacturing and packaging services to the global pharmaceutical industry.

Producing a diverse range of dosage forms in a wide scale of volumes and batch sizes, Dechra Pharmaceuticals are committed to an ongoing investment and development plan in order to continue to successfully meet the rapidly evolving needs and high degree of flexibility demanded by their clients and the industry.


Skipton, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom


The Honeyman Group undertook a turnkey project to design, install, validate and commission a HydroGienic® Purified Water generation, storage and distribution system.


Site expansion plans meant that Dechra Pharmaceuticals required a new Purified Water system that would generate and supply water to two separate production buildings. Having initially considered a conventional stainless steel loop system, Dechra Pharmaceuticals soon recognised that in order to achieve adequate functionality, two separate loops would be required. With concerns regarding space constraints, cost efficiency and the ability to easily modify the system in the future as and when client needs dictated, Dechra Pharmaceuticals instead opted for a HydroGienic® system.

Vital Statistics:

  • PW Generation: RO and CEDi
  • PW Throughput: 3m3per hour
  • PW Vessel Capacity: 5m3
  • Number of Offtakes: 10 in 2 Buildings
  • Flowrates at Offtakes: Range From 10 to 50 lts/min
  • Total Output Capability: 171 lts/min, at 100% diversity
  • Sanitisation: Intermittent Ozonisation
Cost Comparison: Approximately 15% cheaper than conventional system

3000 litres of Purified Water per hour is generated by a bespoke HydroGienic® generation system which is then stored in a 5000 litre customised vessel before being distributed to 10 points of use around the facility via the unique HydroGienic® distribution system.

The neat and compact design of the HydroGienic® system meant that any concerns regarding the availability of space in the plant room and roof voids were overcome from the outset. Employing small bore PTFE hoses rather than stainless steel pipes not only ensures a compact design but allows a quick and easy installation with a significantly reduced validation effort subsequently leading to reduced project timescales and cost.

Alleviating the problems encountered with the existing system and overcoming all the restrictions imposed by a conventional stainless steel loop system, the design of the HydroGienic® distribution system enables Dechra Pharmaceuticals to:

  • Use each user point simultaneously without any compromise to flow rates.
  • Easily expand or modify the system in the future with minimal disruption to production and downtime.
  • Isolate individual user points for sanitisation and maintenance quickly, effortlessly and without impact on any other user point.
  • Eliminate ‘hot working’ in production areas during the installation and thus avoiding disruption to the facility.

Mike Annice, former Managing Director of Dales Pharmaceuticals said: “The nature of our contract manufacturing business is such that we need to be able to alter production schedules quickly and efficiently in order to meet changing client requirements, fundamental to this are facilities that can be easily adapted, with its ease of modification and flexibility in expansion with minimal compromise to production a HydroGienic® Purified Water system allows us to do exactly that”

Since the installation, Dechra Pharmaceuticals have continued to expand the system in line with production requirements.

Why Honeyman?

  • Established History in purity water and steam systems.
  • We can operate on a 'one stop shop' basis, or supply packages of work to suit.
  • From engineering design to installation management, we cover a wide range of skills.