Investing in existing lab facilities
We are committed to investing in our existing facilities and buildings; to optimise the use of existing space across our campuses.
The first part of this work is looking at how we can optimise existing lab space across the University, and a project has been set up to ensure we are making the best use of current research and teaching space.
The Lab Optimisation Project has initially looked at three areas of development. The creation of a Bio-economy Centre in the Henry Wellcome Biocatalysis building will help to expand and grow current industry activity, as well as fostering future collaborations, consultancy and income. The generation of additional space in two labs within the Hatherly building will accommodate new equipment as part of the Wellcome Trust Multi-user Equipment Grant, and has released lab space for the recruitment of additional academic colleagues. And, the development of a new facility for the Environment and Sustainability Institute will house equipment for the solar laboratory in Penryn.
To date, the Lab Optimisation Project has invested £600,000 into improving our laboratory space. This will allow the University to expand industry-facing activities, and work collaboratively with new research groups and partners.
Further areas for lab optimisation are now being reviewed and a schedule of work for future projects developed for the forthcoming year.