Containment and Laboratories
New CL2 containment laboratory suite - Manchester
Clean Room Construction designed and built a new high-performance CL2 containment laboratory suite for QIAGEN, a global market leader in molecular sample and assay technologies.
CRC designed the suite with future as well as current capability in mind to meet the ongoing needs of the QIAsymphony (QS) human disease diagnostics business. The fast-track project was built within an occupied building to a demanding timescale, with minimal downtime and minimal disruption to an adjacent facility. The specification included commissioning and validation on a turnkey design and build basis.
The 200m² facility is split into five areas, comprising an entry/changing lobby, verification laboratory area, sample handling area, storage room and a development laboratory. A bespoke air handling unit provides the required fresh air conditioning and a new fully integrated dedicated HVAC system has been designed and installed by CRC to provide the specified conditions of temperature, pressure, air change rates, system isolation and cleanliness.
The entire facility had to meet the requirements of the Microbiological Containment Class 2 facility. Particular attention was paid to the air distribution method to ensure that the client's microbiological Class II safety cabinets were not affected by air turbulence.
Contract Value: Circa £430,000