Guide to Laboratory Design and Controlled Environments

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What’s inside our guide to laboratory design and controlled environments?

In recent years, the field of life sciences has surged forward, driven by advancements in laboratory and controlled environments. With flexible work arrangements fostering agile research and innovation, many organisations are eager to enter this dynamic sector.

However, navigating aspects such as finding suitable facilities and integrating the latest ‘smart lab’ technology can be daunting. That's why there's no better time than now to access our latest laboratory design guide, Designing Laboratory and Controlled Environments Fit for Tomorrow.

Eager to learn more? Here's a sneak peek at what’s inside…

Factors to consider when choosing a building for laboratory space

Given the technical nature of laboratory spaces, there are many considerations to keep in mind. Here's a breakdown of some of the key aspects covered in our laboratory guide:

  • Compiling a user requirements schedule and business plan

  • Selecting a building suited for laboratory purposes

  • Evaluating mechanical and electrical services (M&E)

  • Reviewing lease obligations

  • Assessing potential for business growth and expansion

  • Seeking early advice

  • Analysing environmental impact

  • Emphasising sustainability and reducing carbon footprint

  • Future-proofing your lab for upcoming advancements

Thankfully, amidst the intricacies of planning and designing your scientific space, there are equally as many opportunities to explore.

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10 opportunities for designing your laboratory

As numerous office spaces remain empty due to remote work trends, forward-thinking organisations have seized this opportunity to repurpose these areas for scientific endeavours. Discover the top 10 key opportunities in laboratory design (and strategies to achieve them) in our lab design guide. We delve into:

  1. Mastering regulations and adapting to regional requirements

  2. Joining a growing community of innovators in the field

  3. Streamlining processes for a swift transition and rapid deployment

  4. Attaining accreditation from industry-leading authorities

  5. Maximising space utilisation for optimal efficiency

  6. Balancing client-facing amenities with functional back-office areas

  7. Repurposing and relocating equipment and machinery for cost-effective solutions

  8. Implementing rigorous change control procedures for clinical precision

  9. Championing sustainability initiatives to set new industry standards

  10. Achieving cost savings while maintaining high-quality standards

What kind of laboratory space do you require?

Laboratory environments are not standardised; each serves unique purposes. However, our design guide provides insights into the type of space you might require. Do your needs align with a low, medium, or high lab specification? Explore our convenient checklist of criteria to determine.

But this is your lab today, how about tomorrow?

A guide to the future of laboratories and controlled environments

Life science continues to thrive as a significant industry, poised for further expansion. Explore our downloadable laboratory guide for insightful forecasts regarding the latest trends in this field. We discuss:

  • The influence of the esteemed Golden Triangle on life sciences

  • The transformative effects of flexible labs on research and development (R&D)

  • Emerging trends in research facilitated by cloud-based collaboration

  • The integration of 'smart lab' technology for process automation

  • Accessing opportunities such as grants, tax relief, and various funding avenues

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Assisting you in crafting the perfect formula for your scientific space

Explore our collection of case studies and draw inspiration from some of the most innovative and advanced controlled environments in the UK and the Netherlands. From navigating the complexities of refits and relocations, incorporating smart laboratory design to implementing sustainable practices within your lab, there's a wealth of insights waiting to be discovered.

Ready to learn more?

Discover more information about laboratories and controlled environments when you download our laboratory design and planning guide today.

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