Life sciences lab nominated for prestigious award

Published: 7 October 2014 at 10:22

Our recently refurbished Life Sciences laboratory in Cambridge has been nominated for a prestigious S-Lab award.

The S-Lab Awards recognise excellence in laboratory design, operation and management and are supported by world-renowned life sciences bodies including the Royal Society of Chemistry and Society of Biology. Our lab was nominated in the category of 'Refurbished Laboratories' alongside facilities from Cardiff University, University of Auckland, the Universities of Surrey, Sussex and York St John.

The lab, in our David Building in Cambridge, was refurbished in the summer of 2013 to transform what had previously been lecture theatres and offices into a contemporary, flexible multi-functional teaching lab for our Biomedical Science and Animal and Environmental Biology students.

With a capacity of 80 students, the lab features a number of innovative space-saving and technological solutions including a Kardex Carousel storage system to maximise the use of floor space, interactive teaching technology and a large equipment preparation area.

Senior Life Sciences technician Kevin Bright said:

"The Kardex storage units in particular have been extremely useful, allowing us to store a lot of lab and class equipment in a small area, and giving both staff and students easy access to material. The long bench runs with wide aisles in the teaching lab allow us to clear up and set out classes quickly, and the large prep room gives us plenty of space for post class cleaning, storage and preparation for subsequent sessions."

Project Manager Stephen Eccles added: 

"The design challenge was to incorporate this teaching laboratory within the constraints of a 1950s building that had limited infrastructure. The mechanical plant had to be stand-alone and fit within the volume of the ground floor together with space-saving storage facilities."

This new laboratory, together with other scientific projects such as the new Science Building, show our commitment to the enhancement and expansion of specialist teaching facilities.