This article was originally posted at the University’s Campus Online feature

The clean air laboratory suite in the Jennison Building, on Canterbury campus, has been extensively refurbished with a redesigned main laboratory layout.

The suite has HEPA filtered air conditioning and the services include nitrogen, high purity argon and compressed air.

The clean air laboratory facility provides enhanced facilities for researchers and students. It is used by both the School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) and School of Physical Sciences (SPS).

The Applied Optics Group in SPS has produced highly acclaimed applied research including patents held by UoK for biomedical instruments using Optical Coherence Tomography, which are currently deployed in clinics worldwide for diagnosing ophthalmic conditions. The facility also accommodates unique glass producing equipment for optical fibres as well as laminar flow hoods that can be hired out.

The refurbished main laboratory area will allow EDA to expand its use including surface mount PCB development and high quality 3D printing.

The spatial planning of the main laboratory area and services was carried out by the School of Engineering and Digital Arts with Mark Ellis (EDA Director IT Tech Services) and Paul Sinnock (EDA Manager IT Tech Services), with overall design, project procurement and site supervision by the Estates Department  (Projects) with Ronald Wooldridge (Project Manager) and Jason Patrick (Electrical Engineer).

The clean air suite was closed for ten weeks while the work took place.