Case Study:  Perfectus Biomed - Laboratory Installation

Laboratory fitting, plumbing and gases:  Techspace One,  Sci-Tech Daresbury,  Cheshire

Background and Scope

Sector Microbiological contract testing
Client Perfectus Biomed Group
Summery Empty shell to fully functioning bio lab, including gases and electricity
Completed March 2018

Following a period of rapid growth, Perfectos Biomed decided to relocate their laboratory to improve efficiencies in the working environment with the scope to grow in the future. At Techspace One in Daresbury, the newly built premises offered a blank canvas to design and install a purpose-built laboratory bespoke to their needs within a ten-week project timescale.

Services supplied: Design and configuration.
Installation and commissioning of specialist gases distribution system including storage facilities and change over units for CO2 and Anaerobic Gas.
Distribution of natural gas throughout the labs, along with plumbing and chemical waste system.
Lab electrics, including alarms and fume cupboards.

Background: Relocation to a new space

Following a period of rapid growth, Perfectos Biomed decided to relocate their laboratory to improve efficiencies in the working environment with the scope to grow in the future. At Techspace One in Daresbury, the newly built premises offered a blank canvas to design and install a purpose-built laboratory bespoke to their needs within a ten-week project timescale.

Project challenges: Creating a purpose-built laboratory for now and the future

An empty shell allowed Perfectus Biomed to design a bespoke laboratory to meet their exact requirements. Then, with a list of requirements for equipment and a clear vision of their end goal, Higgins was appointed to provide the key infrastructure services - plumbing, waste, electrical, both natural and specialist gas systems.

The Solution: Higgins Expertise

 The Higgins team worked together with Perfectus on the following;

• Design for now and future: advising on design and layout, mapping the key services locations ensuring effective functionally now and flexibility to grow in the future with future proof infrastructure.

• Maximising the use of space: our team made recommendations for positioning large equipment such as fume cupboards and incubators, placement of bottled gas storage whilst considering the pressure regulations and H&S. Higgins also ensured the workspace is utilised effectively and efficiently.

Installation of services: Throughout the lab Higgins worked in close coordination with the furniture manufacturer; this ensured that all the 1st fix services were in place before they fitted the bespoke furniture. The Higgins team then installed the electrical wall outlets, bench mounted gas taps and vacuum points. Hot and cold water was distributed to the various sinks along with a Vulcathene chemical waste system - terminated to the dedicated laboratory waste system.

Higgins sourced suppliers and sub-contractors for the building partitions, false ceilings & specialist laboratory furniture. 

Project management: Liaising and communicating with multiple suppliers, managing timelines and ascertaining responsibility. Regularly keeping the client up-to-date with progress. 

Adherence to regulations : Meeting all industry regulations including CDM, Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR), British Compressed Gas Association (BCGA) Codes of practice, Gas Safe, WRAS.

"The Higgins team were not afraid to voice concerns about our design aspirations and always had practical recommendations for resolutions that worked for us, rather than them. They care about the little details too – I aimed to create an excellent working environment for our laboratory staff and Higgins recognised that small design details make a big difference."

DR. SAMANTHA WESTGATE, CEO PERFECTUS BIOMED

The results

The project was completed on time and within budget; the new Perfectus Biomed Laboratory adheres to all required standards and regulations.
The infrastructure for growth is also in place, allowing Perfectus Biomed to expand to the lab's function in the future.
Higgins continues to support Perfectus Boimed with maintenance and annual servicing of the specialist gas system.

About Perfectus Biomed: They are a leading UKAS accredited Contract Research Organisation. They provide standard and customised microbiology with extensive experience in developing 'fit for purpose' experiments that mimic 'real-life' scenarios.
Their scientists specialise in antimicrobial, biofilm, viral, fungal and cellular research and support a variety of sectors, including; wound care, medical device, dental, household care, cosmetics and water treatment.