The University of Surrey’s Joseph Kenyon Laboratory (JK Lab) was shortlisted by the Safe, Successful and Sustainable Laboratory (S-Lab 2014) Awards in 2014.

Joseph Kenyon Chemistry Lab Opening

The S-Lab Awards scheme celebrates excellence in laboratory design, operation and management in all sectors that create improved performance whilst maintaining and enhancing safety and sustainability.

The JK Lab has been shortlisted in recognition of its improved use of space, having more than doubled an existing fume hood capacity and created a larger IT facility. The S-Lab Awards found that the laboratory has improved its efficiency by implementing new luminaires and replacing fridges with an energy-efficient cold room, and 100 per cent of the metal stripped out of the old lab was also recycled. The labs have become a safer place to work, after a clear-out of old chemicals and student samples, the installation of daylight simulation and fire-resistant storage cupboards. The JK Lab’s low energy consumption, carbon footprint and operational cost have further boosted its reputation as an innovative laboratory.

The JK Lab was recently visited by the Duke of Kent and is now a showpiece of facility excellence for the University. Surrey’s refurbished laboratory means that more students will be able to carry out research with all the modern equipment they need, in an ideal working environment, conveniently located on campus.

Director of the S-Lab Peter James says, “The 2014 Awards shortlist shows that laboratory design, management and operation are changing in response to new knowledge and technologies, competitive, financial and other pressures, and user expectations. The result is better research and teaching, more cost-effective operation – which can create more resource for actual science - and reduced environmental impact.”

For more information on the S-lab shortlist, please visit www.effectivelab.org.uk.

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