CRC celebrates opening of new suite at KCL Strand
A new £2 million cleanroom suite - designed and installed by Clean Room Construction - has been officially opened at King's College London's Strand Campus.
King's College London (KCL) is already recognised as one of the UK's leading Departments of Physics. The state-of-the-art cleanrooms and optics labs, which were officially opened on 3 October, extend King's capabilities in nanotechnology and photonics, allowing the department to branch into new research areas of attosecond physics and optical levitation.
KCL Physics lecturer, Dr James Millen, said: "This new suite of laboratories is an important expansion of our photonics and nanotechnology research and will strengthen our ability to deliver advances in this strategically important research area."
Bill Luckhurst, KCL's Facilities Manager/Research Technician from the Department of Physics, added: "We knew we needed three key components when we were looking for the right company to work collaboratively with us to design and deliver this project within a busy teaching and learning environment: experience, innovation and reliability. All the work had to be carried out while the university continued to function too. Clean Room Construction had a client-focussed approach from start to finish and ticked all the boxes. We can all be proud of the end result."
Steve Lawton, CRC's Managing Director, said: "King's College London is a world leader in this area of cutting-edge research. Clean Room Construction is very proud to have collaborated with the university to deliver these first class facilities. These new laboratories will enable King's to expand and progress their research in new ways with academic researchers and industry leaders and also to establish new collaborations and opportunities for the next generation of students and researchers."
CRC designed and installed an atomic layer deposition cleanroom facility and two optics labs, at the Strand site on schedule. The two-stage design and build project, which has been integrated into the university's IT, fire alarm and security systems, included Class 5 and Class 6 cleanrooms with shared changing room and service chase.
The new cleanrooms form part of the London Centre for Nanotechnology, and the facilities will be run by the Photonics and Nanotechnology Group in the Department of Physics.
• The new cleanroom facilities designed and installed by CRC will enable King's College London to expand and progress their research in new ways
• Laser lab plant room for the new cleanroom suite designed and installed by CRC at King's College London
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