Laboratory design – A-Chem

Project Brief

A-Chem, a chemical manufacturing company in Alfreton, Derbyshire, specialise in car care products, timber treatments and industrial cleaning solutions. The director, James Davis, was interested in the laboratory design service provided by Kastner as the company was about to install a new mezzanine across the factory to house their quality control and research facility.

A-Chem sent Kastner an outline plan of the new mezzanine and the Kastner design team produced an initial concept drawing followed by various revisions. The scope of the work was widened to include the ceiling of the production area under the mezzanine.

“We were initially attracted to Kastner Laboratory Design through seeing the modern and impressive case studies on their website.” James said. “Before we found Kastner, we had browsed website after website and received brochure after brochure looking at old fashioned and dated case studies which didn’t fill us with inspiration or confidence. After speaking with Geoff Biggs, we immediately knew that they were the company that we wanted to deal with and that had the experience to guide us through the project. The end result is better than we could have imagined, and not only do our R&D and quality control team now have fantastic facilities, it really gives our customers confidence in us. We would definitely recommend Kastner to any company who require a bespoke, turn-key job finished to the highest of quality, at the right price.”

When A-Chem were satisfied with the design, the Kastner projects team managed the delivery of the project, organising ceilings, partitions, flooring, plumbing, electrical contractors and finally the installation of two extraction arms and the laboratory furniture.

The denim-blue doors selected by the client give a striking signature statement to the finished installation, and the large sample storage cupboards across the end of the laboratory provide an ample and convenient facility for the retained samples from each batch of chemicals produced. The new laboratory will allow the research team much more space and an inspiring working environment in which to advance and develop A-Chem’s wide range of products and represents a key strategic movement forward for the company.