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Living Systems Exeter University

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  A world-class, next generation, collaborative research community to revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment of diseases

The new, seven-storey, 7,500m2 Living systems building has been designed to embed inter-disciplinary research practice and will house 29 research groups, of more than 200 researchers, with complementary expertise in biosciences, medicine, physics, engineering, mathematics and computer science.

High-quality research laboratories, bio-imaging facilities, physics and engineering spaces, and high-performance computing will enable the Institute to be a hub for the analysis of the precise operation of living systems.

Having carried out numerous previous laboratory installations, Bartlett were engaged by the main contractor on the project to design, supply and install seven off temperature controlled rooms, varying from rooms designed to maintain +30 deg C down to freezer stores maintaining -21 deg C

Bartlett utalising all internal staff had the expertise to carry out the full design of the project along with Bartlett own directly employed engineers carrying out the installation, the project was a particular challenge not only with the required variance in temperature required but also with excessively long pipe work routes (in excess of 90 meters) which led to Bartlett having to specify bespoke semi-hermetic condensing units to be able to place them on the roof of the building.

The specification for the project also involved Bartlett including dehumidifiers for each of the coldroom’s along with all rooms needing fresh air ventilation and extraction to allow staff to work safely in the rooms.

Bartlett completed the project well ahead of the project program and within budget.

Overall contract value was £155,000-00