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 –...
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...
Apex 2 – The Ronald Ross Building – Liverpool University

Apex 2 – The Ronald Ross Building – Liverpool University

“A powerhouse of health and life science research” In September 2015 we completed our work on the new £35m Apex 2 development at University of Liverpool: The Ronald Ross Building has four floors of teaching and research laboratories providing a new Bio-Science facility to the Faculty of Medicine. This new 5950m² facility accommodates 600 researchers who support the University’s health research into infectious diseases, cancer and digestive diseases. It houses the accommodation previously embedded in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Providing laboratory accommodation (containment level 2 and 3), write up areas and offices. The labs were designed to be flexible with mobile benches and mobile units with provision for power and data to be flexibly supplied from outlets on the ceiling. It was important for the users that work areas could be reconfigured quickly and easily. This was a substantial installation for the team at FBS. In all we used 228 sheets of Trespa Toplab for the benches in the labs and support areas. We made 94 mobile benches with integrated power and data connections; 272 mobile underbench storage units and we also manufactured and installed 75 IPS hygiene stations. FBS worked closely with the Architects Fairhurst Design Group and the main contractor Shepherd Construction to help close out the final design and specification to fully reflect the client’s objectives. The project embraces the university key priorities of improving research performance, positioning the university on a global stage, driving knowledge exchange and meeting the university’s commitment to the sustainability agenda. The building is designed to contribute to the carbon reduction commitment made by the university and has achieved BREEAM...