The Wood Centre for Innovation


The Wood Centre for Innovation | Headington, Oxford


Approx. 6,000 sq. ft.


11 weeks

Project Goal

The Oxford Trust is an independent charitable trust that was established in 1985 with the mission to encourage the pursuit of science and enterprise.

Located in Headington’s Health & Life Sciences District, a thriving science & tech community, Oxford Trust’s Wood Centre for Innovation offers a wide range of flexible work spaces to grow local business.

Our responsibilities included Consultancy, design, and delivery of the life sciences incubator space.

Skills & Results

The Oxford Trust approached Bulb to seek advice on the feasibility of office to laboratory conversion at the Wood Centre for Innovation in Headington, Oxford. The idea was to convert a wing of individual office spaces into multiple CL2 labs for a thriving start-up and spin-off life sciences community in Oxfordshire.

We not only provided advice on the MEP (mechanical, electrical & plumbing) strategy for the potential conversion but designed labs to suit individual tenants, including a science training lab and a shared facility with liquid Nitrogen storage, a cold room, and a dark room. Other services included external gas storage and emergency supply for the critical equipment.

WCFI and their tenants were delighted with the final result and are planning a next phase of expansion.

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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