5 Top Tips for Planning Your New Lab

24 Feb


If you are planning a new laboratory or refurbishing an existing one, here are 5 key areas that we would recommend you think about for lab planning:

1. Future-proof

Think not only about your current research needs but also future needs. What is your research direction? What are your growth plans? What kind of business image do you need to portray?

2. Regulatory compliance

Do you need any regulatory approval and/or understand your lab classification? A review of your current and future needs would help plan for any upcoming usage changes and achieve a safe, compliant facility.

3. Equipment

Equipment will greatly impact your lab design, project costs and building suitability. A thorough audit of your equipment needs (current & future), including dimensions and services required will be critical.

4. Users

Users spend the majority of their time in labs and understand their processes better than anyone. It would be prudent to have their input and early engagement for a thriving, successful facility in a very competitive environment for attracting the best talent.

5. Building

All of the above analysis will lead to choosing the right building. A building which cannot accommodate all your evolving needs could cause delays to your growth with costly implications.

Dr Manisha Kulkarni


Laboratory benching forms a central part of any laboratory and procuring the laboratory benching to suit your equipment needs and budget is important to us.

If you prefer fixed, robust benching or modular benching that offers flexibility and reconfiguration, our laboratory furniture manufacturers can deliver the perfect solution.

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Depending on your research focus your worktop design requirements might change to allow:

  • Chemical resistance
  • Bacterial resistance
  • Water & moisture resistance
  • Durability & scratch resistance
  • Ease of cleaning
  • High impact

Trespa Toplab Base is the industry favourite, but we can offer alternative worktops such as Corian, Stainless Steel, Epoxy Resin, Hardwood, Phenolic Resin to match your needs.

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We offer both wall mounted and benchtop shelving for reagents, typically in either 18mm MFMDF or 16mm Trespa Toplab Base. Wall shelving is mounted on a bracket system, while benchtop shelving is typically supported by fabricated steel frame.

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Fume Cupboards & Extract

Properly ventilated Fume Cupboards offer a safe way to handle chemicals and solvents in laboratories.

From ducted to portable ductless Fume Cupboards, our specialist and experienced partners are at hand to advise and install the right solution.

We provide Fume Cupboards manufactured and installed to meet the industry requirements (e.g. BS EN 14175) in various sizes (External Width 1000mm - 1200mm - 1500mm - 1800mm - 2000mm), Specifications and types (Bench Mounted, Walk In, Double Fronted, Integral Scrubber, HF Type, Thin Wall Bench Mounted) to meet your requirements and safe extraction.

Unsure of what type to go for? Our lab furniture suppliers can help, just get in touch.

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Safety Cabinets

If you prefer fixed, robust benching or modular benching that offers flexibility and reconfiguration, our laboratory furniture manufacturers can deliver the perfect solution.

Whether you need Class I, II or III to handle Hazard Group 1 to 4 pathogens we can recommend suitable furniture suppliers.

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Specialist & Other Requirements

If you have any specific needs such as Cold Room or Clean Room installation services, Industrial Gases, Liquid Nitrogen, Non-ionising Radiation (LASER), Plumbing, Temperature & Humidity Control or other, we can help.

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