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Celebrating Science
Drax are delighted to hear that LMB The Laboratory of Molecular Biology has been awarded the highest accolade in the world for its contribution to Science, this Nobel Prize for Science (Chemistry) is only awarded annually. This brings the LMB total of Nobel Prizes to 11 which is the highest amount for any laboratory in the world.

We received a detailed email from MRC talking through their recent accolade and thanking everyone for this team effort including their suppliers. Drax obtained the maintenance contract for MRC back in December 2016 and were grateful to add them to our growing portfolio of experience working in Biomedical Research Environments. If you are interested or have a similar site that requires this specific sector service, read on to see some specific site solutions we have provided over the years.

Kings College London

King’s academic activities are organized into nine faculties which are subdivided into numerous departments, centres and research divisions.

King’s is one of the largest centres for graduate and post-graduate medical teaching and biomedical research in Europe; it is home to six medical Research Council centres and is a founding member of the King’s Health Partners academic health sciences centre. King’s has around 25,000 students and 6113 staff and had a total income of £604 million in 2013/14, of which £172 million was from research grants and contracts.

Testing Labs –

Our experience of working in teaching campus laboratories include Testing Labs where works are prearranged due to the activities undertaken.

These are secure areas so engineers have to complete RAMS in advance of attendance and follow the permit to work procedure.

Once access is agreed engineers scrub up and wear protective gowns, clothing and shoe covers prior to undertaking any work.

Physics Labs –

We also work within the Physics Labs where testing of laser technologies takes place and the fire alarm system interacts with critical services such as shutters, electrical power, computer areas, gas release systems etc.

It is imperative that a permit process is followed especially with regard to system and plant isolations and re-instatement.

Due to ongoing testing and research some areas have restricted access and we have to work around site activity and re-arrange visits where appropriate.

James Black Foundation

The James Black foundation is a £30M research building that opened in January 2007 and accommodates a large component of the Cardiovascular Division. The building also houses groups working on molecular haematology, neurobiology, translational stem research and transplantation. This unique environment only allows us to undertake works out of hours due to the potential risks of working during the day while research is taking place.

Again, all works are pre-booked, RAMS completed and Permit to Work procedure strictly adhered to.

The fire system uses bespoke equipment suitable for these unusual environments such as the first worldwide fire and building authority approved animal facility alarm system. This has a loud penetrating signal which alerts humans but has few detectable effects on animals.

Cancer UK Cambridge Institute

The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (CRUK CI), housed in the Li KA Shing Centre, focuses on tackling questions relating to cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention, supported by world-class core scientific facilities.

Their aim is to be a focus for the practical application of high-quality basic research, forming a bridge between the world-class core science of the University of Cambridge and its environment, and Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

The fundamental principle for research at the CRUK Cambridge Institute is to link the laboratory to the clinic, thus driving the development of new approaches to screening, prevention and treatment.

All planned works require pre-booking, completion of RAMs and the following of strict site procedures to avoid infection. Engineers gown up, wear lab boots, socks, gloves, masks and a hat before entering clean pools and wiping down all tools and equipment with an alcohol rub.

Their own clothing cannot be worn and before entering each room a coat, gloves and hat must be worn over their gown. This additional clothing is specific to each room as are the stepladders used for access and the process is repeated for each alternate room entered. Once a room has been tested we cannot return for fear of infection.

Parexel at Northwick Park Hospital

We also have experience of working in animal testing laboratories at Northwick Park Hospital on behalf of Parexel a multinational life sciences consulting firm who conducts clinical trials on behalf of its pharmaceutical clients to expedite the drug approval process.

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT)

GSTT work with many pharmaceutical and allied healthcare industries to undertake ground-breaking biomedical and health research.
They have excellent research facilities as they are home to a Biomedical Research Centre and a Clinical Research Facility.

These include:
  • genomics facility
  • stem cell facility
  • flow cytometry facility
  • infectious disease biobank
  • NIHR BioResource
  • GMP (Good Morning Practise) Facility
Drax Services work on site includes activity in Pharmaceutical Laboratories and clean rooms, where all works are pre-booked in advance and appropriate RAMS completed to the satisfaction of all stakeholders involved.

We are working in extremely clean critical environments, where our engineers have to gown up in new scrubs each time they enter a laboratory to avoid potential contamination.
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