South East Water Turnkey Laboratory

South East Water - New Building Acquired
InterFocus begin a full turnkey laboratory project to create a new analytical testing facility ready for UKAS accreditation

sew empty building for new laboratory installation

A former print works, the building required a lot of changes before it was ready for South East Water

sew empty building for new laboratory installation
laboratory construction begins

The construction phase begins, both outside and inside

laboratory construction begins
laboratory mezzanine floor installation

The new mezzanine floor is installed which will house the plant room and associated equipment.

laboratory mezzanine floor installation
new mezzanine floor plant room
New mezzanine floor constructed ready for plant room and associated equipment installation to begin
new mezzanine floor plant room
partition walls for laboratories and offices
Internal ground floor works begin with partition walls and the installation of the M&E services
partition walls for laboratories and offices
construction and installation of M&E services
Mechanical and Electrical services installation starts
construction and installation of M&E services
external ground works
External ground works begin for new storage areas for the laboratory gases and other storage areas.
external ground works
plant room for lab
Plant room area begins to take shape
plant room for lab
Plant room lab equipment
Plant room equipment begins to be installed, the plant room really begins to take shape now
Plant room lab equipment
M&E Services
Ground floor mechanical and electrical services | Gas, Water, Data and Heating and Cooling
M&E Services
Air conditioning for laboratory
Air conditioning and fresh air installation within the offices and laboratory areas
Air conditioning for laboratory
air conditioning units
More air handling units installed throughout the building
air conditioning units
back up laboratory power generators
Backup Emergency Power Generators installed
back up laboratory power generators
Laboratory security gate installation
External Works | Installation of New Security fencing and gate system
Laboratory security gate installation
external specialist laboratory gas storage
Special Gases Storage tanks are installed and connected
external specialist laboratory gas storage
laboratory installation
Internal | Laboratory installation begins
laboratory installation
new lift  installed in reception area
New lift installed in the main reception area
new lift  installed in reception area
laboratory installation turnkey for southeast water
Lab Installation for Analytical Laboratories
laboratory installation turnkey for southeast water
lab install
Laboratory furniture installation
lab install
fume cupboards
Fume cupboards and extraction systems installed
fume cupboards
Further individual laboratory bench fume extraction installed
Mobile benches and service risers containing special gas supplies
lab equipment
Supply and installation of new laboratory equipment
lab equipment
office installation
Administration offices installed on ground and 1st floor areas, including all data connections and desk power modules
office installation
finished mechanical and electrical plant room
Plant room completed and fully commissioned
finished mechanical and electrical plant room
M&E Plant EquipmentM&E Plant Equipment
Project handover
South East Water begin analytical testing at Orion House.
interfocus turnkey solutions

Providing Complete Laboratory Turnkey Solutions

Project handover

InterFocus Full Turnkey Solution
For South East Water

Project Brief

Our client had acquired a new commercial building on an industrial estate which was previously used as a print works by its former occupants. InterFocus was appointed to design and build a solution that provided new analytical laboratories and administration offices along with associated plant and services for the building in order for South East Water to get UKAS accreditation for their analytical services.

Testing carried out 24/7 365 days a year at Orion  provides support to South East Water in their goal to supply 2.1 million people with top quality drinking water via a network of pipes that are more than 14,500 km long. Hundreds of samples a day are taken from customers taps, reservoirs and boreholes for their scientists to check for any unseen contaminants that could effect the quality of their water supply. In addition to South East Water, the new Orion laboratory facility also supports a wide range of businesses which include other water companies, blue chip firms, environmental health organisations, private water providers and building maintenance companies by providing high quality analytical services to suit their individual requirements.

The InterFocus Turnkey Laboratory Solution

Below we highlight the main scope of works of the project which is not an exhaustive list but show what can be provided by our laboratory turnkey solutions.

  • Full Design and Build Contract
  • Erection of large mezzanine floor to inside of building to provide a plant room and future laboratory / office expansion
  • Erection of Partitioning throughout the building
  • Supply and Installation of Mechanical and Electrical services, which included HVAC, Heating and cooling to the laboratories and offices, Building Management System, Specialist Gases supply, Fume extraction and ancillary services
  • Installation of backup power generator to allow building to continue to operate during power outages
  • Data services , including racks and patch panels
  • A complete security and fire detection system including employee entry control tags
  • Installation of cold rooms and associated equipment
  • Installation of bespoke laboratory furniture and Office Furniture
  • Outside works involved installing security fencing system and electronic security entrance gates, CCTV, external site lighting, new car park area and storage waste area
  • New specialist gas storage areas to supply the laboratories

Key Laboratory Areas Provided in this project

  • Sample Preparation Area
  • Chemistry Lab
  • Micro Biology Lab
  • Cryptosporidium Lab Area
  • Microscopy Lab / Dark Room
  • Inorganic Lab
  • Organic Lab
  • Chromatography Area
  • Balance Area
  • Taste and Odour Lab

South East Water’s new water testing facility

  • 65 members of scientific and support staff
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year service
  • Over 700,000 test carried out each year
  • Up to 700 water samples tested each day

For more on information services that South East Water provide go to southeastwater.co.uk

Other turnkey solutions we have provided

Welsh Water | Bretton site
Welsh Water | Head Office
Technology Research Company
Thornton and Ross New Laboratory