PHE’s Centre for Radiation and Chemical Hazards was built in the 1970s to house laboratory accommodation spanning radiochemistry, toxicology, internal dosimetry and microbiology. It needed to be refurbished, creating modern laboratories from which PHE could continue to be research leaders.

The brief

We were commissioned to provide professional consultancy, managing and delivering the project over a five-year period. The objective was to create cutting-edge laboratories which met health and safety standards, eliminated cross contamination and could adapt to evolving needs.

Our response

Our team managed the whole refurbishment, from preparing the business case to post-completion review. They spent time with PHE’s scientists, understanding why work had to be phased in a particular way, how each lab functioned and what power, equipment and services they needed. They also dealt with the complications of the building’s age, including rising damp and asbestos.

Key facts

  • We created cutting-edge scientific environments.
  • We achieved RICS Ska Gold ratings for most of the refurbished laboratories and have worked with the RICS to introduce Ska into this field.

Project Information

Client: Public Health England

Value: £10 million