8i Architects was engaged by Virtus Diagnostics to relocate its Diagnostic Laboratory and IT services to a 1000m2 space in an existing building.
The facility comprises three types of laboratories used to analyse fertility patients’ blood samples for hormone levels and genetic testing – Cytogenetics laboratories, an Endocrinology laboratory and Microarray laboratories.
The project had an incredibly tight timeframe, with the entire work to be completed within six months (inclusive of the summer holiday break). We liaised closely with our client and the builder to design and document the project effectively and efficiently. We managed to deliver the bulk of the project’s documentation in just seven weeks from when we first commenced our site measure. To counteract the quick speed at which our client required the completed documentation, we worked tirelessly onsite with the builder during construction to answer their queries as they arose, ensuring the project was delivered to the highest standards. We also repurposed much of the existing office spaces where possible to maximise efficiency.
Laboratory scientists and pathologists are typically located in the least desirable spaces in buildings, with minimal outlook or natural light. We specifically designed the new laboratory with ample windows to draw in filtered natural light and views for staff.
Our new design also minimises the cross contamination of staff moving between “clean” and “dirty” spaces. Meanwhile, we eliminated the need for couriers to access the laboratory to deliver samples by designing a ‘drop-off’ window for deliveries.
This project has exceeded our client’s expectations, as they understood the project timeframe was extremely ambitious given the technical requirements of rehousing several laboratories. 8i Architects has delivered a new Diagnostic Laboratory facility in record speed and minimised any disruption to the operations of the laboratories.