Whiteknights Campus, Reading University

Approx. 27,000 sq. ft.


32 weeks

About RSSL

Reading Scientific Services Limited (RSSL) is a world leader in providing high-quality product development, scientific analysis, research, consultancy and training to the global Life Science, Healthcare, Personal care, food and consumer goods sectors.

By leveraging >35 years of experience and 300 scientists’ expertise, RSSL is a multi-disciplinary team based across 3 state-of-the-art facilities in Reading UK, we strive to support our partners to develop products that are safe, innovative, and capable of transforming lives around the world.

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Project Goal, Skills & Results

RSSL appointed Bulb as the Main Contractor for the CAT A and B fit-out of a 2-storey laboratory and office space in an existing building (Knight Building). Some refurbishment works to the existing building fabric were undertaken as part of this project on behalf of the Landlord.

The existing building is under the ownership of Reading University, with RSSL taking a new long-term lease. The existing fit-out (a mixture of laboratories and offices) was stripped back to shell & core to enable the CAT A, followed by a CAT B fit-out.

The Knight Building is a self-contained building featuring a full-height front glazed entrance, air conditioning, passenger lift and toilets.

The laboratories in this facility are split over two floors, ground and first. The ground floor laboratory space includes a corridor with access to analytical laboratories, biology laboratories, support rooms, an emergency shower, and a dark room. The first-floor laboratory space consists of a corridor with access to wet chemistry laboratories, a reagent store, an emergency shower, support rooms, and write-up offices.

The laboratory areas were constructed in accordance with CL2/BSL2 requirements, with one CL3/BSL3 room and GMP guidelines.

Several ducted fume cupboards were installed in chemistry laboratories, and a couple of them with acid scrubbers.

A new central air handling plant was installed throughout – comprised of several air handling units, each offering heat recovery.

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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