Engineering Services Director to present 'world-beating' laboratory case study at S Lab Conference

Cell Therapy Catapult
Paul Sharp, Divisional Director of ISG’s Engineering Services business, will be giving a talk at the S Labs Conference about the delivering the world-beating Cell Therapy Catapult in London. 

Taking place on the 16th and 17th September at the University of Leeds, the S Labs Conference and Awards recognise excellence in the design, operation and management of laboratories around the world. 

Speaking on behalf of the Cell Therapy Catapult and project team, the presentation will explain the design approach and delivery of the working environment in an occupied environment driven by the desire to pursue a new way of working.

The organisation has already made significant progress in examining the potential for cell-based treatments for stroke, leukaemia, airway diseases, wound care and skin diseases, as well as the development of synthetic blood for transfusions.

ISG delivered the refurbishment and fit out of the centre, which the Cell Therapy Catapult CEO, Keith Thompson, described as “50% high spec laboratory space, 50% high spec office”.  

The Cell Therapy Catapult is located on the 12th floor of Guy’s Hospital in London, and has been designed as an exemplar for the Research and Development sector combining a state-of-the-art laboratory with open-plan office space, break-out areas, and meeting rooms with high-specification audio-visual equipment. 

“Global companies have said: ‘This is not world-leading; this is world-beating’, so we really have made a mark in terms of the design of what we have delivered here,” commented Dr Stephen Ward, Chief Operating Officer at the Cell Therapy Catapult.

Innovate UK and other partners were pivotal to the successful completion of the new facilities - a challenging task in an occupied 30-storey working hospital tower. 

ISG was lead contractor for the project, while eXmoor pharma concepts created the facility concept with the Cell Therapy Catapult, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Essentia. Gleeds Management Services were project managers, and tp bennett acted as designers for the project.