Posted on 15 October 2012
Following a localised fire in February, the Department has been working closely with the University to remodel and refurbish the affected areas - one of the four lobes of our undergraduate teaching laboratories, an instrument room and a chemical preparation room. All of the work has now been completed, so that our undergraduate students can use these new facilities for the start of this academic year.
All areas are equipped with high quality fumehoods and laboratory furniture, and there has been a significant investment in the latest equipment. Around £150k has been invested in new state-of-the-art instrumentation, including infrared spectrometers and fluorospectrophotometers, together with £120k in new glassware and equipment.
The refurbishment has also incorporated aspects of modern building design, including numerous roof light domes, which has allowed natural light to flood into the lab, giving it a very light and open feel.
Head of Department, Professor Richard Taylor, noted "We are delighted that the repairs have been carried out on time and to such a high standard, and that all of the damaged equipment has been replaced with brand new state-of-the art kit. The refurbished labs will be superb to work in - and now that the construction of the new teaching labs has started, the new first year undergraduates will be the envy of students everywhere!".