Approach to Sustainable Lab Design
Having created high quality laboratories such as the Richard Doll Building, NHA have a long established track record in delivering cutting-edge scientific research facilities. For the second phase of development at Unity Campus, the design challenge stemmed from the need for speculative development of three multi-occupant lab buildings.
After extensive research into what level of landlord provision was appropriate, a key decision was to limit the landlord mechanical ventilation to six air changes per hour (6ACH) within the labs. This allows for a solid platform on which most life sciences users can carry out their research. The ability for tenants to further upgrade the ventilation was integrated into the design strategy. The result is a shared approach to flexibility, where the landlord base provision does not have to cater for every possible eventuality for a unknown tenant brief.