Biological and chemical science facilities for leading research institute

We delivered a complete refurbishment of the Joseph Priestley Building to create state of the art research facilities for the School of Biological and Chemical science.

Project partners

  • RLB
  • Arup

Key features

  • Air tightness
  • Nitrogen, Argon
  • Helium, Oxygen
  • Chemical drainage
  • HEPA filters

Overbury were appointed to refurbish lab space for Queen Mary University of London, as part of a rolling programme to update their facilities and attract future students. The laboratories in the Joseph Priestley building, home to the School of Biological and Chemical Science, underwent a complete refurbishment.

The fit out included new suspended ceilings, flooring, fire suppression and alarm system, as well as 40 new fume cupboards. During the project we also extended the existing sub-station to accommodate the installation of a new UKPN generator.

Delivering just in time

In order to complete works for the start of the academic year, seven day working was implemented. Collaboration and communication was key with strict logistics plans in place with the lab staff to coordinate shut downs. This was required as the rest of the building was a live environment with the power and services shared throughout.

The use of specialist equipment required high level design coordination and regular design meetings.

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