The South Leach Laboratory Project consisted of the demolition of internal partitions, steelwork, construction of a new structural steel mezzanine level (plant room and storage) and the fit out of laboratory space.
The laboratory consisted of two clean room laboratories and a change room, all of which were monitored and controlled by negative air. The laboratories had a new sub-floor drainage channel installed for emergency spills, along with stainless steel accessible silt traps to all basins which were BMS controlled to pump out into a bulky box as required.
All systems in the laboratory were monitored by the BMS and featured local alarms controlled by the lab users. The system was designed to endure long term research experiments, requiring stable temperatures and conditions throughout.
During the construction phase a dust free environment was required due to the close proximity of existing Rio Tinto experiments and equipment in the facility. This led us to utilise fume free and dust free methods of demolition and construction.