Project Slideshow

Health Protection Agency Laboratories

What's the project then?

A new build extension to provide additional laboratory capacity for the Health Protection Agency. The facility was inserted into an existing two storey alcove, delivered as separate shell and fit out contracts.

How much then?

The shell was £125k, the fit out £265k - £390k for the lot.

What did Studio Mode do then?

Studio Mode were commissioned as the concept architects, project manager and interior designer for this challenging scheme. We worked with the laboratory team throughout the briefing process, designed the concept for the shell, co-ordinated the detailed design, organised the tendering procedure and monitored the shell construction on behalf of the hospital. Thereafter, we once again worked closely with the laboratory team in producing a fit out design comprising of 3 laboratories that made careful allowance for each and every item of HPA laboratory equipment. We co-ordinated the liaison with the hospital estates team. Thereafter we designed a colourful laboratory interior arranged to reflect and emphasise the sequential nature of the working practices necessitating the team to move from lab to lab. We used colour within the laboratory interiors to make a clear unambiguous statement in segregating the labs. We then project managed the fit out including the detailed design – with special regards to the M&E, selection of contractor and then monitored the project on site during its 6 month fit out period through to handover and occupation.

Any tricky bits?

Isn't there always? - The scheme was located above the Mortuary entrance which meant careful liaison and coordination with the Mortuary team was a necessity. This sensitive collaborative approach was an essential component in delivering this project to the satisfaction of both its end users and those affected by the process.

Any good then?

For sure. The users were particularly pleased with our approach in arranging the laboratories sequentially and reinforcing this with the use of colour – something a little surprising - a nice backdrop to all those white coats.

Slideshow Image 1 Slideshow Image 2 Slideshow Image 3