Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


University of Auckland Lab Wins International Design Award

Press Release – Tuesday 2 September 2014
Immediate Release

University of Auckland – New Chemistry Laboratory Wins International Design Award

The University of Auckland has received international recognition for the design of its new Chemistry Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories. Winning the Refurbished Laboratory category at the prestigious S-Lab Awards in London.

Designed by specialist laboratory architects Lab-works Architecture, in association with Architectus and BECA, the award is further recognition of New Zealand based design, products, and innovation.

The S-Lab awards scheme highlights laboratory innovation around the globe, where all aspects of laboratory design are taken into account. Not only the architectural and functional aspects, but also how the design responds to environmental considerations, materials, energy use, and long term sustainability.

S-Lab Director Peter James comments, “The result is better research and teaching, more cost-effective operation - which can create more resource for actual science - and reduced environmental impact.”

Speaking from Kings College in London, University of Auckland, Deputy Dean Faculty of Science, Jim Metson and Lab-works Director Ken Collins, are delighted to be receiving the award on behalf of the project team.

“It is fabulous to be recognised in this way,” says Ken Collins. “A lot of hard work went into making this a world class facility. It is a tribute to the excellent collaboration between the university project team and the design team to bring this project to fruition. The facility is a real asset to the university and to our future scientists”.

“The lab had to address quite a wide range of criteria in terms of its efficiency, in terms of its safety, and those features I think we’ve managed to get and more into this laboratory environment”, adds Jim Metson, who is also the Chief Science Advisor to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

This award recognises how well these aspects have been able to be achieved in the refurbishment of the existing 303 Building. Covering 1,750m2 and housing up to 208 students at a time, the new facilities provide a modern learning environment within a structurally constrained 1960’s building, where there is an emphasis on safety, adaptability, and sustainability.

Laboratory Manager David Weir also comments “Beyond the safety features the other aspect that really stands out to me is the aesthetic of the lab, which is beautiful. It’s very light, lots of white, really adds to the visual nature of the space…... very streamlined……. and really adds to the learning experience that the students have”.

This award is certainly an endorsement of New Zealand design and innovation. The design team is based in Auckland and Wellington, while the innovative fume cupboard design and manufacture was by Porirua based Thermoplastic Engineering.

For Lab-works Architecture this is their second S-Lab award, following their success with a laboratory refurbishment project at Scion in Rotorua, last year. “We know that there is the knowledge and expertise in New Zealand to create world leading laboratories. It’s good for this to be recognised internationally, and be benchmarked against overseas projects”, says Collins.


University of Auckland Chemistry Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories in use by students and tutors –
Winner of the S-Lab Refurbished Laboratory Award

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Howard Davis: Never Too Old To Rock & Roll - Jethro Tull

As Greil Marcus recently observed in an NYRB review of Robbie Robertson's autobiographical Testimony, in rock and roll there is always an origin story. In the case of Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson, he claims to have been influenced by his father's big band and jazz record collections and the emergence of rock music in the 1950s, but became disenchanted with the "show biz" style of early US stars like Elvis Presley... More>>

October: Alice Cooper Returns To NZ

It was March 1977 when Alice Cooper undertook his first ever concert tour of New Zealand – and broke attendance records. 40 years on and this revered entertainer continues to surprise and exude danger at every turn, thrilling audiences globally! More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: The Contemporary Relevance Of Denial

Denial has all the hallmarks of a riveting courtroom drama. Based on a 1996 British libel case that author David Irving brought against Lipstadt, the movie has been criticized as flat and stagey, but it nonetheless conveys a visceral clarity of vision and sense of overwhelming urgency. More>>

Obituary: John Clarke Dies Aged 68

Andrew Little: “I grew up with Fred Dagg and I am devastated by John Clarke’s death. He taught us to laugh at ourselves and more importantly laugh at our politicians.” More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis: Colin McCahon's 'on Going Out With The Tide'

Curated by Wystan Curnow and Robert Leonard, On Going Out with the Tide features major works that have been assembled from public and private collections across New Zealand and Australia. It focusses on McCahon’s evolving engagement with Māori subjects and themes, ranging from early treatments of koru imagery to later history paintings which refer to Māori prophets and investigate land-rights issues. More>>

Howard Davis: Rodger Fox Gets Out The Funk

By now a living New Zealand legend, band leader and trombonist Rodger Fox has performed with some of the biggest names in the jazz business, including Louie Bellson, Bill Reichenbach, Chuck Findley, Randy Crawford, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bruce Paulson, Diane Schuur, Arturo Sandoval, David Clayton-Thomas, and Joe Williams, to name only a few. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news