The electrical design had to support a changing power load, including a number of cutting-edge technologies, such as the world’s first fully acoustic tube platform, an innovation that enables samples to be managed by sound waves, dramatically improving the speed and precision of drug screening.
It also had to be inherently adaptable to different processes and modes of working, rather than approaching laboratories as sophisticated sealed boxes. Instead of fitting out the spaces with separate systems, WSP installed a total room automation system, designed specifically for life sciences, which intelligently combines heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and shade control into a single platform. This responds dynamically to occupancy and is easily adapted to different demands, balancing comfort, safety and energy efficiency with the needs of diverse medical disciplines – as well as the unknown needs of future drug discoveries.
WSP also had to provide flexible, future-proof electrical installations to all laboratory benches, always mindful that many of these were shared between different specialisms. The new approach to laboratory design also had a knock-on effect for fire safety, requiring WSP to update the design and develop new procedures.