Oxford, England

Metal Technology systems used in Oxford’s new groundbreaking SuperLab

The extraordinary, purpose built SuperLab in Oxford provides much needed lab space and fantastic facilities for the next generation of science entrepreneurs and innovators. The new state-of-the-art building is located in Osney Mead industrial estate, close to the city centre and the university, which spins out around 15 science firms a year.

Created and built by Oxford-based Robin Swailes Design and Development, the SuperLab offers almost 7,000 sq ft of accommodation for up to 84 staff and blends contemporary design with the latest efficiency features while meeting the needs of the modern workforce. The building is made of 95 per cent recycled aluminium and features a grey water system using collected rainwater to flush the toilets, thermal efficient panelling, air source heat pumps and solar panels to minimise its carbon footprint and keep running costs as low as possible.

Metal Technology Ltd supplied a range of its high-performance glazing products for this unique development via approved fabricator Alternative Windows. Products used were: System 17 Curtain Walling, System 5-35Hi Tilt Turn Windows, System 4-35Hi Fixed Casement Windows and System 10-35 Thermally Broken Commercial Doors.

Curved walls, round windows and open ceilings create a sense of space and wellbeing, topped off with advanced acoustics,  quality finishing touches and a playful interior. The result is an inspiring and design-focused workplace that encourages collaboration. Outside, a roof top recreation area provides space for al fresco meetings, eating and drinking with views over Oxford’s Dreaming Spires.

A  fantastic project to have been involved in, which ultimately encourages young and innovative science pioneers to stay and further their career on home soil.

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  • Client

    Robin Swailes Design & Development

  • Architect

    Robin Swailes Design & Development

  • Contractor

    Robin Swailes Design & Development

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