Regius chair laboratory - University of Liverpool


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The University of Liverpool (UoL) was awarded the Regius Chair in 2018 by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of the University's leading research in Chemistry. As a result, UoL agreed to build a new laboratory for the Regius Chair and his team by refurbing an existing laboratory inside their Chemistry Department.

We were appointed to deliver a stage 3 design for the scheme and produced detailed drawings ready for the contractor to take to stage 4.

This complex scheme comprised of a main laboratory with an adjacent office area with the wall between this and the laboratory partially glazed for good viewing. 

The laboratory had 22 fume cupboards installed all of which were all designed to operate on a VAV system (Variable Air volume) and connected to a centralised extract system at roof level. Four fans were installed with the 4th fan being the “Stand-by fan”.

Two new air handling units were installed at roof level to provide filtered and conditioned air to the laboratory providing energy savings due to the variable air volume requirements of the fume cupboard system. 

Specialist gases were installed to laboratory, some of which were of a high purity installation serving sensitive equipment. The fume cupboards also had a requirement for rough vacuum and High vacuum pumps were installed per cabinet

A system of chilled water was installed to serve the cabinets to allow experiments to be cooled as necessary on a closed loop system.

The system of emergency lighting comprised of a static inverter / battery system to enable the requirements of BS5266 to be met in respect of the high hazard classification of the space being either 10% of the general lighting level in this instance (50Lux)

Client: University of Liverpool

Architect: Cunliffes

Main Contractors:  John Turner Construction

Contract Value: £3.5M

M&E Value: £2M

Client Testimonial

"We want to express our thanks at bringing this very complex and technically difficult job to an incredibly successful conclusion under very difficult circumstances. It is a fantastic lab space that has a real wow factor and will raise the bar as to what all staff will expect in terms of their lab space"

- Professor Richard Cosstick, University of Liverpool



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