A well-designed laboratory is essential for the safe and efficient conduct of scientific research and the development of new products. The layout of a laboratory should be tailored to the specific needs of the users and should take account of issues such as functionality, code compliance and safety should be taken into account. Laboratories should also be designed to meet the requirements, where appropriate of international certification bodies.

It is important to have the expertise and knowledge needed to design and build your laboratory. In this article, we share the thought process of designing a laboratory and how we keep it safe and optimal.

Key Laboratory Planning Drivers

At Sennex, we understand the key design & planning drivers. Our laboratories are designed to meet the latest safety standards and international certification requirements. We work closely with our clients to ensure that their needs are met and that their laboratory is tailored to their specific requirements. This includes:

● Functionality

● Safety

● Code Compliance

● Compliance with International Standards

● Mechanical design & maintenance

Functionality

Functionality is key in a laboratory. The layout needs to be designed so that all equipment and personnel are easily accessible, and workflows optimised. There should be plenty of space for movement, as well as storage for supplies and equipment. In addition, the ventilation and climate control systems need to be designed to meet specific research requirements as well as to maintain a safe environment and protect against contamination. Designing controlled access to the labs is another planning consideration. Thought also needs to be given to the facilities required to support the lab operations such as break-out spaces, gowning areas and, collaboration spaces for the researchers and scientists.

Safety

Occupant safety is also a major concern, and the lab should be designed so that it is easy for scientists to work safely in a well- lit environment with plenty of space between workstations and appropriate storage for hazardous materials. In addition, the lab should be equipped with appropriate safety features such as eyewash stations, safety showers and first aid kits.

Code Compliance

Fire safety is another important consideration in laboratory design. Laboratories often contain flammable materials and hazardous chemicals, so it is essential that the lab unit is constructed with fire safety in mind. For laboratories handling chemicals in Singapore, the lab design must comply with SS 641 – a code of practice which Sennex is well versed in.

Compliance with International Standards

International certification is another important factor when designing a laboratory. Many laboratories need to meet international standards such as ISO/TC 336 or GLP. Sennex can help you ensure that your laboratory design meets all necessary certification requirements.

Mechanical Systems and Maintenance

Mechanical services are also an important part of laboratory design. The HVAC system needs to be able to handle the heat load from all the equipment in the lab, while also maintaining a stable temperature and humidity level. In addition, the exhaust system needs to be adequate to support fume hoods and general air change requirements etc.

Regular engineering service maintenance is a fact of life; accordingly, the lab’s MEP design should seek to mitigate the impact of scheduled maintenance on the lab’s operations. This is especially important where sterile conditions must be maintained and in facilities where exposure to potentially harmful microbes is a risk.

Design Your Lab Space Responsibly with Sennex

Laboratory design is a complex process that requires a high level of expertise and knowledge. With over 16-years of experience, Sennex, has the experience and knowledge to design and build your laboratory.

If you are looking for a reliable and experienced laboratory designer, contact Sennex today. We will work with you to create a laboratory that meets your specific needs and requirements.

If you require more information, you can contact us or speak to our consultant at +65 6327 9489.