Arc | Oxford Business Park, Oxford


Approx 2,000 sq. ft.


12 weeks

Project Goal

Our client ARC was created by Brookfield, a leading global alternative asset manager with over 120 years’ experience and focus on real estate, renewable power, infrastructure, and private equity.

ARC concentrate innovation companies in Advanced Research Clusters — place-based clusters at the leading edges of major knowledge economies like Oxford and London. They’re unique ecosystems that accelerate commercial growth by providing the best possible working environments for their members. Offices, coworking, cleanrooms, accelerator labs, and leading open access R&D facilities —flexible science-ready spaces within green, energising environments and community events in places designed to motivate and inspire.

Our task was to create a compliant (CL2) fitted laboratory space ready for life sciences clients and associated office space.

Skills & Results

Building 7400 is a detached two storey lab/office building. We were asked to design and deliver a self-contained high quality fully fitted CL2 lab suite (part first floor).

By utilising our experience of working with life sciences/biotech clients we designed separate lab and office areas in approx. 60:40 ratio. Labs are comprised of separate rooms for general activities and tissue culture/analysis purposes and a utility/store area with goods-in access.

Facility is equipped with Trespa benching, gas distribution pipework, vulcathene drainage, cat 5 water, lab level lighting and is perfectly suited for life sciences research.

A small kitchenette and breakout area with separate office space makes it an independent and unique space for early-stage companies in Oxford’s knowledge quarter.

Photo Credit: Gary Mills, Saw Mill Films


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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