Durham University – Chemistry Refurbishment

year Ongoing

category Laboratories, Universities

client Robertsons

location Durham

project value £35M

This project includes upgrading the existing buildings research laboratory spaces to meet modern standards, as well as enhance the building’s infrastructure and systems to reduce ongoing maintenance and testing costs.

Project Summary

The works involved the complete refurbishment of 12 research laboratory spaces and the associated write up rooms and supporting facilities.

The refurbishment works are being delivered within the existing structural and building envelope and within the building still in use for staff and students for ongoing teaching and research.

The project is being delivered in phases with completion scheduled for Summer 2025. Very limited as fitted documentation was available on the existing building and systems.

The works were carefully planned and programmed to minimise disruption to the building during the construction works.

Detailed visual and intrusive surveys were undertaken prior to the works commencing and validation surveys undertaking on the existing building system were these were being used to support the new facilities.

Refurbishment of the laboratory spaces required new fume extract ventilation provision, make up air ventilation, fume cupboards, heating, public health services, specialist gases, house vacuum and building management and controls.