Manchester Molecular Pathology Innovation Centre

Manchester Molecular Pathology Innovation Centre

FBS have just completed work on the furniture for a brand new research laboratory at Manchester Universities Citylabs complex; The Stoller Biomarker Discovery Centre. MMPathIC will be using the new facility to do research into inflammatory diseases notably lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. In addition to the Trespa benches for the lab areas FBS also made and installed bespoke service spines for the 3 Mass Spectrometer Labs. These are designed to house the the various pumps and other services needed by the instruments and incorporate sound insulation and heat extraction to keep things cool and quiet. We also fitted out the ancillary areas; offices, kitchenette and waiting areas, including a unique kidney shaped reception desk. All done to our usual very high standard. Completed – February 2016 Architect – Fairhursts Design Group Manchester Main Contractor – Harry Fairclough Package Value – £55k...
Manchester University : New Polymer Labs

Manchester University : New Polymer Labs

Polymeric materials find a huge range of applications, from traditional commodity plastics to specialist polymers used increasingly in the pharmaceutical, electronic, and nanotechnology sectors. This course provides specialist options covering the production, processing, and applications of polymeric materials, taught by research specialists in the field. The Materials Science School is the largest of its kind in Europe, it is reputed to have the highest research power level of any university materials department in the UK, with 80% of its research being rated as of internationally excellent or world leading quality. As part of its eventual transition to the new Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) due to be completed in 2020, the department has moved into the old Maths and Social Sciences Building which had been standing empty for some years. This meant converting some of the old maths lecture rooms into 6 modern and flexible laboratory spaces. It was important to have benches that could withstand the rigours of a materials science lab, they need to have a surface that would be rugged, heat resistant and able to support heavy pieces of equipment without damage, this led to the striking choice of traditional hardwood. FBS were able to source 26mm Iroko composite block boards, these were mounted on heavy duty steel frames. We also supplied Trespa topped benches for the technicians labs and Laser Lab; laminate finished IPS handwash stations and various fixed and mobile storage units. The FBS part of the project comprised 4 multi-use lab areas with space for up to 40 students in each a large technicians prep room and a student breakout area. The benches...
Sir Walter Bodmer ‘Mega Lab’, Salford University

Sir Walter Bodmer ‘Mega Lab’, Salford University

A £3m state-of-the-art Environment and Life Sciences laboratory at the University of Salford is to be named after geneticist Sir Walter Bodmer. Sir Walter was one of the proposers of the Human Genome Project in the 1980s, and was formerly research director of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. The Human Genome Project – which mapped some 3 billion pairs of genes which make up our DNA – is considered the most significant advance in bioscience in a century. The new labs referred to as the ‘Mega-Lab’, are equipped as a world-class teaching facility, and feature an AV system that allows the lecturer to be linked visually and audibly with interconnected labs. The FBS part of the project comprised 4 multi-use lab areas with space for up to 40 students in each a large technicians prep room and a student breakout area. The benches are a combination of island and peninsula layout, each with water, gas, vacuum, power and data integrated into the bench tops. To give flexibility of workspaces the units we supplied were all mobile types. Each lab has a DDA compliant height adjustable bench section. The bench design is particularly heavy duty with a custom frame design, 20mm Trespa TopLab Plus worktops and hardwearing laminate finished storage units and safety stations. Finished in a particularly striking colour combination of white worktops; pewter grey units and bright yellow safety stations. FBS completed our work on the new laboratories in the Cockcroft Building in October 2015. Architect – Halliday Meecham : Main Contracdtor – Harry Fairclough Construction : Value –...
Wrightington Hospital Orthopaedic facility, Wigan

Wrightington Hospital Orthopaedic facility, Wigan

The £18m state-of-the-art new Orthopaedic facility at Wrightington Hospital was officially opened on December 21st 2015. The development contains two new wards with a total of 56 beds, most of which are single room accommodation. At the heart of the development is one of only three ‘barn’ operating theatres in the uk combining four operating areas into one complex with a 7 space recovery area. The term ‘barn theatre’ refers to the design of an operating facility where the main surgical area is open-plan, with each patient being treated in a dedicated space alongside the next, with an ultra-clean air canopy over each station to prevent the spread of infection. In nearly all cases the theatres are intended for orthopaedics use, and this is where they are thought to be most effective because orthopaedic surgery generally tends to involve broadly repetitive processes, with one hip or knee operation similar to the next. FBS package included the support areas adjacent to the operating theatre including anaesthetic rooms, utility rooms, nurse bases and offices. We also supplied and installed fitted furniture to the recovery areas including several nurse base units, write-up tables and units in wards and the clean and dirty utility areas. Clinical areas were furnished with post-formed laminated surfaces to HTM63 standard. Main Contractor – IHP : Contract Value – £99k...
Nottingham Life Sciences, Laboratory

Nottingham Life Sciences, Laboratory

The School of Life Sciences is a vibrant, forward-looking environment for biological and biomedical research and teaching. Staff utilise top-quality research laboratories with state-of-the-art core facilities within the Queen’s Medical Centre, the Life Sciences building and the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences. The school covers a wide spectrum of biological and medical sciences in both teaching and research. Expertise in the school spans molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, anatomy and zoology and makes major contributions to professional courses in Medicine, Pharmacy and Dietetics. As such the brief was for quality, reliable furniture that could be used flexibly. FBS made and installed 48m of laboratory benches and 35 units for 5 new labs in the building. These were Trespa worktops on steel leg frames with our usual hard-wearing, laminated MDF storage units. Some were built in and some were mobile to allow flexibility of use. We also supplied a triple layer worktop for the balance bench and a range of adjustable height wall shelving in MDF and in Trespa. Package Value – £22k : Architect – Jones Lang Lasalle : Main Contractor – Thomas and Sons...