Loughborough University STEMLab


  • STEMLab contains new Engineering, Physics, Chemistry & Biology Laboratories
  • 54 x Airone XP fume cupboards with VAV control and PIR motion sensors
  • 4 x height-adjustable stands with auto-stop sensors
  • Firetrace fire protection in all fume cupboards

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The Brief

Loughborough University were building a new £17m STEM Lab that would contain new Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Biology Laboratories. They were looking for 54 new state of the art fume cupboards that would protect their operatives with excellent containment at the same time as being environmentally friendly and cost efficient.

The Solution

Safelab proposed the Airone XP Ducted Fume Cupboard with VAV control and PIR motion sensors.

The fume cupboards themselves have been independently type tested to BS EN 14175 for research grade fume cupboards at face velocities from 0.3m/s so the University were safe in the knowledge their operatives were being provided with the highest level of containment possible in the UK market.

Utilising the VAV energy saving controls and further including PIR motion sensors to monitor the position of the sash and alarm to remind operatives to close it when not in use, Safelab helped the building obtain full BREEAM credits and therefore helping the University keep their ongoing costs to a minimum.

For further safety it was decided in conjunction with Firetrace™ to install all fume cupboards with a fire protection system.

Four of the cupboards required a DDA compliant height adjustable stand. With the idea of providing the very best at the forefront of our minds, Safelab developed a motorised stand with an automatic safety stop feature.