Backweston, Department of Agriculture Laboratories. Development of a nine hectare greenfield site to provide the Department of Agriculture with a laboratory building consisting of a total of 25,000m² of occupied accommodation excluding roof top ventilation plant rooms, the energy centre and the basement services spine. Homan O’Brien were the first consultants to design and validate Category 3 and Category 4 Containment Animal Laboratories, Animal Rooms and Post Mortem Facilities within Ireland as part of the 25,000 sq.m. Department of Agriculture and Food Laboratories Complex at Backweston. In addition to general laboratories, the project also included an effluent heat treatment plant and the first EU approved waste tissue digestor to cater for various high risk pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. The project also included experimental and diagnostic accommodation for large and small animals.