Middlesex University
21 February, 2024
Taking Middlesex University’s chemical and robotics lab to new heights
Getting the technicalities right in a state-of-the-art education space.
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Following the delivery of a fast-tracked laboratory space renovation, Middlesex University were looking for a partner to help them enhance the experience for science students in their science and technology facilities.

Having nurtured a positive working relationship with our dedicated education space specialists, we set out on a project together that would take place during the summer holidays to minimise teaching disruption.

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On a technicality

The brief was for a functional laboratory and technical room within Middlesex University’s Hatchcroft Laboratories – a world-class science, research and teaching space for bio and medical engineering, professional healthcare sciences, computer science and more.

The project covered the refurbishment of the ground, first and second floors. Features included:

  • Reconfiguration of a lab on the ground floor.
  • Modifications of a robotics lab on the first floor with a clear glazed frontage and a glazed cross wall, specialist conveyor belt room as well as the installation of a new high level powered track to support their mobile operations.
  • On the level two we were tasked with creating a new teaching facility in the chemical departments, complete with 22 fume cupboards.
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High standards for Middlesex University

The fume cupboard installation was a highly technical and pivotal part of the build, making provisions for fresh air and extraction by working in tandem with a specialist provider.

This involved understanding the department requirements coupled with the physical needs of installing the new air handling unit. Of note, was placing this on a mezzanine level within a space with double height ceilings and extracting fumes by replacing curtain wall glazing with louvres to the university’s existing flue zone.

Technical Director, Richard Green, said: “The project was a highly specialised one, working with the university to deliver a space that’s fundamental to a state-of-the-art scientific teaching facility. With works having largely taken place over the summer holidays, it should be an exciting new opportunity for students to enjoy going forwards.” 

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