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Level 3 Containment Laboratory Build for Biotechnological Research, Oxford

Stancold’s unrivalled cleanroom installation expertise has allowed us to work on a varied range of projects across the country. This has included building environments that contribute to vital research, testing and trials within the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries, that often must adhere to strict ISO and GMP standards.

One of Stancold’s most recent projects saw our team exercise their existing construction knowledge and take it to the next level, in order to complete the build of a Containment Level 3 (CL3) laboratory. An environment of this type requires a negative pressure at all times to ensure that no ‘dirty’ air from outside of the facility can get in and any airborne contaminants created from the processes inside can be eradicated without harming those working within.

To provide the fully operational laboratory, Stancold worked with controlled environments specialist, Specific Environments, along with the end user, a pioneering biotechnology company, based in Oxford. With an intricate design layout to follow, this required a number of amendments during the early stages before Stancold’s project manager, Paul Towse, visited site to complete a detailed survey.

Our team were responsible for installing approximately 300m² of Puracore Aluminium Honeycomb panelling with a flush vision panel and semi-flush clamp frame door. As a Puracore Approved Partner, our strong relationship with the manufacturer allowed us to work efficiently to pull together the complete high-specification system. Where the project involved lining an existing wall, extra attention was paid to the unlevel floor, where the ceiling height was modified to suit and additional plates installed within the channels to rectify.

Due to the facility’s negative pressure, it was paramount that all junctions and construction details within the laboratory structure were carefully thought-out to prevent contaminated air from getting in. A Stelmax vinyl weld was combined with a food-safe laminate panel finish to ensure the most secure seal to the lab.

Stancold’s cleanroom team worked hard throughout this project, utilising our strong technical expertise of panel systems and ancillary items to ensure that the facility met the client’s specification.

To discuss our expertise in containment lab construction, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our specialist, Mark Kendrick, on 07585 301 425 or send an enquiry here.