Lab Incubator Essentials

14 Feb

Lab Incubator Essentials


At Bulb Laboratories, we deliver bespoke lab spaces for your scientific needs. We have so far delivered such labs for a variety of scientific disciplines, from stem cell research to gene therapy, food research to quantum computing.

In more recent times, there has been a newfound buzz for scientific research. With this, there has been a high demand for laboratory spaces. Through our work, we have seen a considerable increase in the demand for lab incubators – spaces where a multitude of scientific work can occur, at any given time. As funding has increased, there has been a surge in the number of startup companies, in need of new homes. Lab incubator spaces provide the ideal environment.

Unsure of what is available in a typical life sciences incubator? Although, a few services are vital for a successful incubator operation, some could be optional. Based on our experience, we have listed them below as per their importance.


  • Glass washing facilities (e.g., dish washer, autoclave, drying oven, purified water & ice machine)
  • Liquid nitrogen store
  • Piped gases (e.g., CO₂, N₂, O₂ or compressed air)
  • Waste management
  • Electrical supply (3-phase)
  • Cold room (4°C)
  • Freezer room
  • Ducted fume cupboard provision
  • Dry ice storage
  • Emergency showers, if required for specific work
  • Dark room (for microscopy)
  • Shared consumables store
  • Cell culture & microbiology facilities
  • Lab coat laundering


  • General consumables (eg. glassware, plasticware, lab coats & waste bags)
  • Biosafety cabinets & recirculating fume cupboards
  • Chemicals and other consumables (eg. ethanol, cell culture media, acids & bases etc.)

If you are looking to create a laboratory facility, we can help.

Not all spaces are lab-ready, but at Bulb, we use our scientific expertise to ensure that all lab space conversions are carried out with science at the core.

It is an exciting time to work in the field, no matter the contribution. We believe this momentum will remain and continue to help shape the scientists of tomorrow.

Lorraine Ocloo
Laboratory Specialist


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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