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Lighthouse laboratory, Gateshead

Ryder Architects

Category: Healthcare — Contractor: Robertson — Year of completion: 2021

The Integrated Covid Hub for the North East is the first of its kind in England and places the region at the forefront of managing the virus. It provides improved capacity for Covid-19 testing, facilities to develop innovative approaches to Covid science and a regional centre to share and coordinate data, information and resources in the fight against the virus.

We worked closely with the design team at Ryder architecture and the team at Robertson Construction to design and manufacture a modular laboratory benching system. The whole process was fast-tracked and a bespoke fit-for-purpose solution was designed, space planned on the BIM model then installed and completed ahead of the agreed handover date.

The hub is hosted by Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of a partnership involving North East local authorities, NHS organisations, public health teams and local universities.