Laboratory design is a complex challenge, it is influential in the research process, creating effective elements of offices space and science lab, that seamlessly work together to provide efficient scientific work.
There are many factors to take into consideration when building a laboratory. Each and every lab is unique and there is no one single solution to fitting out a laboratory. When looking at designing and furnishing a modern laboratory it is important to consider the individual needs of the business.
A successful laboratory is the result of extensive planning, collaboration, and coordination between the design team and the individual business stakeholders. Consideration of the smallest details is crucial to achieving optimal function and safety of the Lab and its staff – so getting these spaces right for the scientists working in them is critical.
This is possibly the most important area to consider, depending on the specialization of the lab the work areas may need to be separate from each other especially when it comes to molecular biology to avoid contamination.
Consideration at all times must be towards health and safety taking into account the layout, ergonomic workspaces, lighting, safe storage and electrical sockets.
Pre – Planning
Working together with your team is vital to a successful laboratory build. Understanding the needs of all the users will assist in identifying and meeting the needs in all aspects of the work procedure.
Size, Location and Layout
A failure to size the lab effectively can result in problems going forward which could be costly, this could be inadequate benching space, equipment storage space, inflexibility or limited growth and limited functionality in the lab.
Including stakeholders, lab users, and managers early on in the design process can assist in identifying the needs ensuring that the design team can coordinate safe, effective, efficient use of space, maximising opportunities for shared space, and collaboration between the team.
The type of building will directly impact the layout, things like whether its multi-story building may require specific vertical transportation of materials. Ensuring researchers have convenient access to things like utility systems, waste disposal, and the correct instruments.
Other factors to consider when planning the layout of the room include things like HVAC requirements, ease of access to equipment, and ergonomics. Benches that are used for admin work and sample preparation should be placed around outside walls to improve access and workflow. Bench height and depth should be taken into consideration, in order to account for the ergonomic use of equipment.
It is also worth planning for flexibility in the lab, to allow for growth and progression moving forward to reduce costs on re-build.
Safety has to be integral to any lab design or laboratory fit out to ensure that researchers can focus on the project in hand rather than being vigilant to health and safety requirements.
Ensuring all safety measures are put in places such as biosafety cabinets, emergency shower/eyewash stations, fire protection, and detection systems, and visible exits not only provides for the safety of your team but ensures a more efficient productive environment.
However you plan to use your laboratory, our dedicated team at Lab-Fit can help you create the perfect working environment for your unique business.
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