Lab-works Architecture Wins International Laboratory Design Awards

We are delighted to announce that at the S-Lab Conference and Awards in Liverpool last month Lab-works Architecture won two international laboratory design awards.

SCION laboratory refurbishment in Rotorua was the recipient of the inaugural award for the International Laboratory Building category with our laboratory fitout for the Alan MacDiarmid Building at Victoria University of Wellington being Highly Commended.

The awards recognise excellence in laboratory design with consideration given to all aspects of laboratory design, not only the architectural and functional aspects, but also how the design responds to environmental considerations, materials used, energy use, and long term sustainability.

The S-Lab (Safe, Successful, Sustainable Laboratories) programme is an initiative that is based in the UK to create better links between, and highlight best practice amongst, key players involved in laboratory design, operation and management.  Originating in higher education, they now have growing involvement from laboratories and suppliers in both the public and commercial sectors.

"We're delighted that Lab-works have received this award," says Scion CEO Dr Warren Parker. "And we are very proud of these world-class laboratories.

"High quality facilities and equipment and an attractive work environment are vital to the success of a science organisation. These state-of-the-art laboratories provide an open, collaborative space where our scientists can enjoy natural light, and safe working conditions. This ensures we can continue to provide internationally competitive science to the New Zealand forest industry and the rapidly developing biomaterials sector."

Now back from the conference and awards ceremony in Liverpool, Director Ken Collins says. "We are thrilled to be recognised in this way. As always it is a team effort and this reflects on the skills and talents of all who were involved in the design and construction of these projects. It is also a reflection on excellent clients who were prepared to embrace innovative ideas to create safe and sustainable laboratories".