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2017 S-Lab Awards Results

The S-Lab Awards for Excellence in Laboratory Design, Management and Operation were initiated in 2012 and have been held every year since. Below is the shortlist for 2016-17, with winning and commended entries highlighted in red. Details of all entries can be found in our Awards' brochure, which is availabl for download at the page foot. 

Life Science Research Building

Unique Capabilities at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (IBI)

Inspiring Transformative Design for Research: Seattle’s Allen Institute (Perkins+Will)

Design Influences Research Culture at Glasgow’s Sir Michael Stoker Building (Shepherd Robson)

Energy and Space Efficient ‘Layered Labs’ at NUI Galway’s Biosciences Research Building (Reddy)

Place Making, Functionality and User Satisfaction at the BBSRC National Vaccinology Centre: The Jenner Building (NBBJ)

Adaptable, Multidisciplinary, Neuroscience at UCL’s Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (Ian Ritchie)

Translational Research Building

From the Benchside to the Bedside at the University of British Columbia’s Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (Stantec)

A Building for Transformative Medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital (NBBJ)

The University of Dundee’s Discovery Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research (BMJ)

New Hudson Institute TRF Bridges Knowledge for Successful Outcomes (WoodsBagot)

Refurbished Laboratories

High Performance Rebirth for Interdisciplinary Research at Cornell’s Kimball Hall (Payette)

Fighting Infectious Disease at the MRC’s Keneba Laboratory in The Gambia (Austin)

Creating a Showcase of Science: Shared Resources and Science Neighbourhoods in Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center (Gensler)

Multi-Science Learning in the University of Nottingham’s Chemistry Teaching Laboratory (Castle Owen)

Biomedical Skills Training in the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Science (Castle Owen)

Physical Sciences Building

Learning from Pharma at the GlaxoSmithKline Carbon-Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry, University of Nottingham (Fairhurst)

Industry Engagement and Interdisciplinary Physical Science at The Maxwell Centre, University of Cambridge (BDP)

Innovative Learning and Net-Zero Carbon at the Home of LEDs: The University of Illinois’ ECE Building (SmithGroupJJR)

A New Ultra-Low Vibration Laboratory in the University of St Andrews’ School of Physics and Astronomy (Keppie)

Sustainable Science Building (S-Lab/UKSPA Award)        

The University of Leicester’s Centre for Medicine Building is Passivhaus Certified (Willmott Dixon)

Net-Zero Energy at Bristol Community College’s John J. Sbrega Health & Science Building (Sasaki)

Adaptability, Functionality and Sustainability at the Wellcome Wolfson Institute of Experimental Medicine, Belfast (Stantec and Ostick & Williams)

Form Equals Function: Swansea University’s ESRI Building Uses Renewables to Study Renewables (Bouygues and Stride Treglown)

Innovation-Focused Building (S-Lab/UKSPA Award)        

Knowledge Exchange at Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre (BDP)

Biomedical Innovation and Unique Partnerships at The Francis Crick Institute (HOK and Arup)

Bristol’s First Science Incubator, Unit DX, Provides Space and Support to Science SMEs (Oxford)

Laboratory Effectiveness     

A Free Platform for Science Resource Sharing: Open IRIS at the Friedrich Miescher Institute

Improving Freezer Efficiency and Resilience at the University of Aberdeen

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult’s Uses a Web Design Application to Optimise Facility Layouts

RFID Asset Tracking Extends iLab Solutions’ Laboratory Management Systems

A Lean Lab Approach to Improving Laboratory Health and Safety at Kuwait Oil Company

Effective, Efficient and Sustainable Laboratories at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Laboratory Environmental Improvement  

Fume Cupboard Upgrades at the University of Reading Save £315,000 pa, with a 3 Year Payback

The University of Alberta’s Green Labs Programme Incentivises Energy Saving

A Department-led Initiative Reduces Energy Use in Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge

Say No to 24/7 Ventilation: How The University of Copenhagen Saves £700+ pa Per Fume Cupboard

King’s College London’s SGDP Centre Saves Energy and Space

Contests Drive Researcher-Led Green Labs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Environmental Improvement With User Buy-in at the University of Strathclyde

Best New or Improved Product      

Making Measurement Smart with Camlab’s TRUEscience pH Meter

In the Lab or the Bush, Lean Isolators Provide Conditions for Cleaner Results with Flexibility

CryoPod: Secure and Auditable Cryogenic Transfer That Minimises Transient Warming

CSols’ RFTrackIT™ System Increases Sample Storage Efficiency and Resilience

LTE Scientific Rethinks Autoclaves to Minimise Energy and Water Usage

Best New Laboratory Concept        

The Modular and Portable Shellbe Cleanroom System Enables Rapid and Low Cost Deployment

The Roslin Institute Enhances Lab Resource Efficiency Through Behavioural Change

Digital Rocks at Imperial College London: New Techniques For Earth Science Laboratories

Improved Measurement of Cellular Migration and Proliferation at the University of Nottingham

Making a Difference 

Erin Fry, University of Chicago

Joan Ward, Institute of Science and Technology

Heather Sheeley, Public Health England

James Trout, Environment Agency


Previous winners are listed below with the full shortlist, with details of each application, for 2014-15 which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Full shortlists for previous years, and the results for the first two years, can be viewed in this Dropbox folder, as can a report on the 2012-13 Awards. 

Videos on a number of the 2013-14 winning and highly commended entries can be seen here.

Winners of the 2014-15 Awards

The Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Maine, USA

University of New South Wales, Tyree Energy Technologies Building

Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Advanced Checking, Analysis and Visualisation of Sample Data

University of Glasgow, Medicinal Chemistry Laboratory

Wageningen University, Improved Ultra-Freezing at a Lower Cost

University of Michigan, Sustainable Laboratory Certification Program

Allison Hunter, King's College London

Genano (Finland), Nano-scale Air Purification

Winners of the 2013-14 Awards

Coventry University, The Engineering and Computing Building

La Trobe University, Australia, Supporting Remote Laboratory Learning 

Medical Research Council, Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Research Tower

University of Auckland, New Zealand, Chemistry Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories 

University of Leeds, Ventilation Improvements in the Priestley Teaching Laboratory 

University of Nottingham, Technical Focus Group

University of Sheffield, Professional Technician Training Programme

University of Southampton, StarStream Water Saving Technology

University of York, Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence

West Middlesex University Hospital, An Integrated Approach to Clinical Data

Winners of the 2012-13 Awards

University of Edinburgh, Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine: Integrating Basic and Clinical Research with Licensed Clinical Production in a New Translational Science Facility

Newcastle University, Department of Chemistry: An Innovative Cyclotron Facility Design to Allow the Integrated Production of Pre-Clinical and Clinical Radiopharmaceuticals

New Zealand Forestry Institute (Scion), Rotorua: Combining and Refurbishing Two Laboratory Buildings Triples Utilisation, Fosters Cross-Disciplinary Interaction and Improves Safety and Sustainability

University of California, Irvine:  ‘Smart Labs’ Initiative Targets – and Often Exceeds – a 50% Improvement in Laboratory Energy Efficiency

University College London:  An Online Resource Exchange Enables Sharing and Donation of Laboratory Equipment and Supplies to Reduce Carbon, Costs and Waste

University of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry: Environmental, Financial and Science Benefits from Chemical Lifecycle Management

University of Manchester, Paterson Institute for Cancer Research: IT at the Heart of a Truly Integrated and Efficient Drug Discovery Laboratory

London South Bank University, Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings: An Inspirational Teaching, Research and Demonstration Laboratory whose Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Technologies are a Teaching Tool

Peter Reid, Senior Technician, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester: Eliminating Ethidium Bromide and UV Radiation Hazards from Molecular Biology Experimentation

Winners of the 2011-12 Awards

imperial College. Continuous Optimisation of Plant and Services

Loughborough University - Kit-CatalogueTM and Equipment Benefits

Dr. Mike Foulkes and Quality Management at Plymouth University

University of Liverpool - Central Teaching Laboratory

Sheffield Hallam university - Cell Culture Teaching Laboratory

Oldham Sixth Form College - Regional Science Centre

University of St Andrews - Innovative Chemistry Teaching


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