St Andrews installs modular lab after devastating fire

The temporary accommodation for the biomedical sciences research laboratories cost £9m

St Andrews University has begun installing modular buildings after a fire laid waste to laboratories.

The new purpose-built design will restore the university’s research facilities after a fire in February 2019 destroyed two labs at the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) building.

The construction of the temporary lab facilities ensures that the ground-breaking research carried out within BMS continues – Prof Tom Brown

The Portakabin-designed construction will begin to be installed in mid-July and open in mid-October at a cost of £9m. It will contain research laboratories and office space.

Prof Tom Brown, dean of science at the university said: “The fire at the BMS building was devastating to not only the researchers, students and staff here in St Andrews, but was also felt across the whole scientific community.


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“The construction of the temporary lab facilities ensures that the ground-breaking research carried out within BMS continues and lets the world know that we are open for business, delivering results of real global significance.”

The new laboratories were constructed in York and will transported nearly 250 miles north to the campus in North Haugh for the installation.


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