Amicus Labline has a long history of providing world class laboratory consulting services to a wide range of clients across both the public and private sectors. Our expert team of designers, architects, engineers and project managers will ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved for your project.
In most cases consultancy projects commence during your project planning and business case phase. Our team can connect into your organisation’s processes and enable you to make informed decisions. We suggest that this process starts with a feasibility study to understand the scope and potential possibilities for the project based on your objectives and constraints - time, budget, location, regulations etc.
Following on from feasibility recommendations, our team can guide you through the entire design process from concept and detailed design, through to tender and construction documents. Having an expert team at your disposal with decades of experience in the best practise of designing laboratory environments will reduce your risk and exposure.
For any project, of any size or shape, we suggest the best place to start is the beginning, and this would mean starting with a feasibility study. The aim of this study is to answer questions that will lead you and your organisation to making informed decisions about your laboratory project.
This might entail choosing between different leases and properties as sites for your next laboratory. It may be understanding why you may move forward with a greenfield project over a refurbishment. It can also be used as a discovery and scoping tool to enable a streamlined and efficient design process.
Feasibility studies can be done in short periods of time, and generally do not cost a significant amount. However, they can be the difference between a well thought out and meaningful decision on an expensive project, and an ill-advised, stressful project outcome.
Where the client is looking to relocate and needs to determine the square meterage of space needed and the optimal type of property required to perform their function. This information is useful to pass onto tenant reps or estate agents to ensure they find a site that is fit for purpose and allows the design and construction of the appropriate spaces.
Where a client already has premises and has an opportunity to reconfigure the space to accommodate a far more efficient workflow that caters to their current and future needs.
In both instances the principles and methodology used are similar. The feasibility will look at current and future requirements. It involves workshops with key stakeholders to understand current and future requirements. Understanding our clients’ processes within each lab space and how each space connects and interacts with its neighbouring spaces is key to establishing an effective and efficient workflow process.
When needing to design a laboratory, often taking two steps back can help establish the true needs of a laboratory without the preconceived limitations that we may be used to from existing working conditions.
Over the years we have seen many laboratories bursting at the seams, taking up every inch of available space. Equipment is placed wherever a space can accommodate, resulting in processes that are influenced by physical constraints rather than effective workflows.
This severely impacts on efficiencies and increases the risk of human error or cross contamination. When time equates to money, this can be an expensive process that often is near impossible to quantify.
We review the building limitations, Australian Standards and BCA (Building Codes of Australia) requirements, function of the laboratory, hazard identification and mitigation including chemical, biological, radiological, electrical, mechanical, fire hazards as well as relevant lab equipment, its workflow and any of those elements that may impact on the Australian Standards.
Additionally, each company has its own operational requirements and standards, to which they may want to adhere. These may include ISO, NATA or TGA standards. Careful consideration is given to this and will be part and parcel of the design criteria.
The laboratory should have a comprehensive safety and risk management system that identifies and mitigates potential hazards, such as chemical, biological, radiological, electrical, mechanical and fire hazards.
The system should include policies, procedures, training, signage, personal protective equipment, emergency response, and incident reporting.
With over 40 years in the industry Amicus Labline has extensive experience in developing and documenting safety and risk management systems across a wide range of industry sectors.