The Project – Archaeogenetics Laboratory
RDF were appointed to undertake the refurbishment of an existing building to provide state of the art bespoke clean rooms which included a specialist bespoke air handling system.
Electrical Services that were provided on the project consisted of lighting, data, telecoms, CCTV, fire alarm, door access controls, general power supplies to the plant and the also the power supplies for the laboratory equipment. Our joinery division was tasked with fitted bespoke cabinets, furniture and specialist hygienic laboratory wall cladding.
A phased programme, a Royal visit and the works being completed within a live campus were some of the challenges that RDF faced in the delivery of this project.
The specification of the clean rooms demanded a controlled, clean environment and our M&E Technicians created a high duty filtered DX cooling system consisting of sympathetically located external condensers connected to evaporators. These were installed within the ceiling void of the laboratory and the control room. A range of supply and extract ductwork within the ceiling voids were connected to high efficiency cross flow heat exchangers which distributed the air to the required locations.
RDF also provided chilled water cooling circuits to the new specialist, laboratory equipment to ensure that it operated at optimum capacity at all times. The packaged water chillers were installed in a former store at the rear of the building.
Domestic water and drainage services were installed including the provision of high grade filtration of the mains water. All piped services were carefully routed through an existing live laboratory environment, that works were not being completed within, through to the newly created Archaeogenetics Laboratory.
Meticulous planning and management combined with a flexible approach to working hours ensured the project was completed on time and on budget with the Royal visit taking place and an HSE inspection confirming that all works were undertaken safely and in line with current legislation.