Laboratory Design & Engineering

Briefing

Defining Your Needs

The briefing stage of each lab design project allows us to determine your own unique requirements and business objectives; the departmental relationships, the level of customer experience and any other factors which may influence the design of your space.

Laboratory design plays a fundamental and critical part of ensuring laboratories are safe places to work. Careful consideration is given to the function of the laboratory, hazard identification and mitigation laboratory equipment needs, the use of bespoke technology, and the degree of flexibility required for future growth or process change.

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Consultation

Workplace Consultancy

Our workplace consultancy begins with getting to know your business. We conduct research through interviews with key employees, carry out occupational studies, examine the visitor experience and determine the projects' key objectives. We investigate future plans for expansion, the current level of usage of workplace and meeting rooms, departmental interactions, the importance of teamwork, the flow of personal communication and the need for collaboration and relaxation areas. We will help you decide on the ideal furniture for your work environment.

The typical modern laboratory design has changed dramatically in recent years. Balancing the demand for new working practices, staff retention, the right company image whilst achieving value for money and a modern design requires a structured consultancy process.

Many factors can impact on identifying the right solutions, even the choice of building. Each project requires a bespoke solution whereby the right building is chosen, the laboratory design improves business performance and being right first time avoids post project delays in being fully operational on day one.

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Building Appraisals

Finding the perfect property for your business

Most laboratory users will have more specific business needs. Our aim is to help any business identify the most affordable property solution that genuinely satisfies those needs. With a weighting given to business priorities, buildings can be assessed in terms of both space efficiency and technical capability. Additional considerations for laboratory design and construction include thermal comfort, specialist HVAC systems, increased floor loadings, enhanced power supplies, complex drainage systems and generous floor to ceiling heights. The advent of flexible and often exposed building services has forever changed the design of the modern laboratory.

The search for a suitable location against tight deadlines will become far more productive given a workplace assessment and more targeted appraisal of suitable options.

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Laboratory Workflow

Optimising your process

Utilising our scientific experience and construction knowledge we are keen to understand and help develop the most effective process & optimum workflow that would maximise the efficiency of your new laboratory facilities. All laboratories are different with very special needs. Without a clear understanding of user needs, material flow and process; laboratory safety and efficiency can be compromised. Health & Safety and specialist laboratory consultants are available to assist with the independent validation of analytical methods, processes and equipment & to ensure all aspects of regulatory compliance are achieved.

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Benching

Laboratory benching forms a central part of any laboratory and procuring the laboratory benching to suit your equipment needs and budget is important to us.

If you prefer fixed, robust benching or modular benching that offers flexibility and reconfiguration, our laboratory furniture manufacturers can deliver the perfect solution.

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Worktops

Depending on your research focus your worktop design requirements might change to allow:

  • Chemical resistance
  • Bacterial resistance
  • Water & moisture resistance
  • Durability & scratch resistance
  • Ease of cleaning
  • High impact

Trespa Toplab Base is the industry favourite, but we can offer alternative worktops such as Corian, Stainless Steel, Epoxy Resin, Hardwood, Phenolic Resin to match your needs.

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Shelving

We offer both wall mounted and benchtop shelving for reagents, typically in either 18mm MFMDF or 16mm Trespa Toplab Base. Wall shelving is mounted on a bracket system, while benchtop shelving is typically supported by fabricated steel frame.

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Fume Cupboards & Extract

Properly ventilated Fume Cupboards offer a safe way to handle chemicals and solvents in laboratories.

From ducted to portable ductless Fume Cupboards, our specialist and experienced partners are at hand to advise and install the right solution.

We provide Fume Cupboards manufactured and installed to meet the industry requirements (e.g. BS EN 14175) in various sizes (External Width 1000mm - 1200mm - 1500mm - 1800mm - 2000mm), Specifications and types (Bench Mounted, Walk In, Double Fronted, Integral Scrubber, HF Type, Thin Wall Bench Mounted) to meet your requirements and safe extraction.

Unsure of what type to go for? Our lab furniture suppliers can help, just get in touch.

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Safety Cabinets

If you prefer fixed, robust benching or modular benching that offers flexibility and reconfiguration, our laboratory furniture manufacturers can deliver the perfect solution.

Whether you need Class I, II or III to handle Hazard Group 1 to 4 pathogens we can recommend suitable furniture suppliers.

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Specialist & Other Requirements

If you have any specific needs such as Cold Room or Clean Room installation services, Industrial Gases, Liquid Nitrogen, Non-ionising Radiation (LASER), Plumbing, Temperature & Humidity Control or other, we can help.

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