Birkbeck University of London

Petrology Laboratory

The requirement was for Birkbeck University department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, to develop a world-class petrology/microscope teaching room with excellent audio/visual facilities, which could also be used for large classes needing special AV facilities.

As well as the flexible teaching petrological space with a microscope at each desk, the project included the creation of an adjacent storage area for rocks and minerals and a specialist room to house a rock microprobe.

The works also included for the formation of a future laboratory clean room.

The existing space comprised a single room fitted out for use as a chemical laboratory. We initially stripped out the electrical and mechanical services  prior to a comprehensive fit out. The high specification laboratory requirements included bespoke benching to our design and two DDA compliant desks.

The completed project facilitates microscope work, alongside rock and mineral sample studies in a large room for circa 67 students that can also be sub-divided into two equal sized rooms to teach two simultaneous classes. The room divide being sound proofed and easily operational within a few minutes.

This was a fast track fit out project within an occupied building that remained open seven days a week. We undertook the works during the summer period to allow minimum disruption for the client and occupants. 

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Project Name: Birkbeck University of London Laboratory

Location: Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX

Value: £500,000

Principal Consultants: Bissett Adams, Lambert Hart, MKP Consultants

Project Duration: 14 weeks

This was a fast track fit out project within an occupied building that remained open seven days a week. We undertook the works during the summer period, working in close partnership with the client.