Gaskell Laboratories

This project involved the design of laboratory facilities at Brunel University London that provide environments to teach the teachers of the future.

Works comprised the construction of two large teaching lab spaces and associated stores and prep areas.  These provided spaces that replicated secondary school science laboratory set up with fume cupboards, Bunsen burners and seating for up to 42 students, as well as primary school classroom style space with sinks at different levels and the potential for a bench top hob in the future.

Integration of AV in line with the latest interactive teaching boards being rolled out in classrooms has also been included.  Overhead bench camera and a remote fume cupboard camera in the secondary science laboratories allow for clear views throughout the room as well as providing an opportunity for students to learn and perfect their teaching demonstration and presentation skills.

Working within an existing building, with tight floor to ceiling heights, complex roof structure and existing fire separation issues to be addressed as part of the project. The team worked with the contractor to understand any issues in procurement and lead times that might impact the overall programme before commencement on site was agreed.

This project provides upgraded facilities to an existing department and also provides one of the first steps in decant works that have allowed the Brunel Quad North project, also with Wilson Mason, commence on site, with the delivery of a new Medical school in 2021.