Bioeconomy has been expanded to allow for more equipment to be installed

Room layouts have also been changed to allow for a more efficient work space

Current Projects

We are currently undergoing a number of pilot projects which have been identified by our Colleges to meet the following lab optimisation criteria below.

Governance
The lab optimisation project is chaired by Linda Peka, Chief College Operations Officer, and has representatives from across the University. Please see Lab Optimisation Terms of Reference for more infomation.

Criteria

Each lab optimisation project is subject to meeting the following criteria;

• £400k maximum total cost for implementation
• Short turnaround time for completion. Because these are optimisation projects and not large scale refurbishment, it is therefore the expectation that there is a 6-8 week on site turnaround.

Tangible Return on Investment identified as one of the following;

• Identified opportunity for increased research income
• Space bought back into action
• Increased teaching capacity
• Identified increase in student experience

Pilot Projects

Three pilot projects are currently underway for lab optimisation these are;

1. The creation of a Bio-economy Centre (BEC).

Criteria met;
• identified opportunity for increased research income
• space bought back into action
Benefits identified;
• ~ 500 m2 of laboratory space utilized and optimised
• Long term benefit – increased industrial collaboration and research income

2. Optimising Laboratory space for incoming academic appointments in Hatherly Building

Criteria met;
• identified opportunity for increased research income
• space bought back into action
Benefits identified;
• ~ 140 m2 of laboratory space utilized and optimised
• Long term benefit – increased research lab capacity to support academic activity and generate research income

3. Creating a solar facility which is fit for purpose in the ESI

Criteria met;
• identified opportunity for increased research income
Benefits identified;
• 40 m2 of laboratory space released
• Long term benefit – increased research lab capacity to support academic activity and generate research income

Once these projects are completed we will review the outcome of these to ensure that they have met their criteria and released benefits and to provide lessons for any future lab optimisation projects.