APMG’s Laboratory furniture – fit for a castle

When Canada’s Queen’s University was looking for a professional, customer-focused company to manufacture and install high-quality university lab furniture, fume cupboards, fans and ductwork for its prestigious UK campus, APMG’s one-stop solution proved perfect.

The Bader International Study Centre (BISC), located in Herstmonceaux Castle, East Sussex, is a fusion of history and innovation. International students can choose to spend part of their foundation year living and studying in this picturesque 15th century castle.

The setting may be idyllic, but the focus is on developing students who are prepared to lead in the 21st century through hands-on learning. The new science facility needed to be high-quality, tough, attractive and ergonomic – a learning environment designed for excellence.

Representatives of the BISC, AED Architects and the main contractor, Pilbeam Construction, met with APMG on several occasions. APMG has successfully completed numerous projects with Pilbeam and this excellent working relationship led to APMG’s introduction to BISC.  The strong product portfolio, UK-based manufacture, responsive communication and ability to offer everything required in one hassle-free package, makes APMG the ideal partner.

The lab, prep room, analytical room and maker space area have been designed to be positive, productive, resilient spaces where students can learn, be creative, and interact with teachers and peers.

The main laboratory area offers students a wet lab environment perfect for Chemistry, Physics and Biology studies. A light, contrasting colour palette makes the area bright and clinical, enabling students to focus on their studies. Pendent services are located in the reagent shelving, keeping work surfaces clear.

Employing its experience with university lab furniture design, the APMG team created a selection of differently configured mobile cupboard and drawer units. This smart storage can be easily relocated to wherever it’s needed, creating a flexible lab space.

Three APMG Airform fume cupboards have been installed, allowing the safe handling of chemicals and conducting of experiments. APMG also designed, manufactured and fitted the extract system that efficiently removes any toxic or harmful fumes, dusts and gases.

In the creative maker space students can use a variety of tools and apparatus to design and make project-based items from electronics to furniture. A bank of strong, steel framed workstations with sustainably sourced beech worktops and under shelves is designed to easily support the weight of specialist equipment.

The hard-wearing benching has scratch resistant Trespa® work surfaces. The Trespa® also forms the tops of the mobile cupboards in this area, multi-purposing them as moveable workstations to optimise the students’ working area.

Both the main lab and the maker space are equipped with a rise and fall bench complete with services, ensuring equality of access to equipment for all students.

The prep room and analytical room are adjacent to the main lab. The prep room is designed to cleverly maximise the space available for the preparation of chemicals. There are lockable steel cupboards and plenty of glass fronted shelving for safe and secure storage. The analytical room is fitted out as a clean area for microscope work and spectroscopy.

Adding an extra level of quality and durability, a combination of  Trespa® TopLab®PLUS and Trespa® TopLab®BASE  was specified throughout for the laboratory worktops, cupboard doors, drawer fronts and end panels.

Trespa® TopLab®BASE is a robust, wear resistant surface, perfect for applications where severe use and frequent cleaning is anticipated but the chemical resistance of the surface is not critical. Trespa® TopLab®PLUS also features inherent antibacterial properties and high resistance to a wide range of aggressive chemicals.

The BISC science facility is designed to last, to enhance productivity and to make team members and students feel valued. APMG’s furniture, fume cupboards, fans and ducting bring the project to life, delivering a learning and teaching environment that fully reflects the value the BISC places on education.

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What our client said about this project...

“We cannot rate APMG Ltd highly enough. Outstanding customer service from the inception of our project, through to the planning process and the installation itself. Thank you! We are delighted with our new laboratory and incredibly pleased with the overall quality of the finished product.”
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