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University of St Andrews chooses Portakabin to deliver specialist laboratories

posted: 24th Jul 2019

Following a devastating fire at its Biomedical Sciences (BMS) building in February, the University has commissioned a purpose-built modular complex with Portakabin as Principal Contractor

Constructed of over 40 modules, which have been manufactured offsite at the Portakabin manufacturing facility in York, North Yorkshire, the building will contain state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

With planning permission now approved, installation of the new facilities will begin next week with construction and specialist internal fit-out works due to complete by October.

Nick Griffin, General Manager for Portakabin said: “Having already delivered exceptional laboratory facilities for the University of Oxford last year, we’re now able to share our expert knowledge with another exceptional learning institution. The installation of the high specification space will be set over a two-storey academic laboratory block, providing teaching and research space for the start of the new academic year.”

Professor Tom Brown, Dean of Science at the University said: “The fire at the Biomedical Sciences building was devastating to not only the researchers, students and staff here in St Andrews, but was also felt across the whole scientific community.”

“The construction of the temporary lab facilities ensures that the ground-breaking research carried out within BMS continues and lets the world know that we are open for business, delivering results of real global significance.”