Shepherd sets gold standard with S-Lab ‘Supporting World Class Science’ Conference sponsorship


Shepherd has been confirmed as a gold sponsor of the national S-Lab Conference and Awards, where UK science industry leaders will debate the future of safe, successful and sustainable laboratories.

A leader in the built environment sector, Shepherd recently completed the construction phase of The BBSRC National Virology Centre: The Plowright Building, a world-leading high-security bio-containment laboratory complex at The Pirbright Institute in Surrey. The company is to host a number of sessions and breakouts at the ‘Supporting World Class Science’ event, held at King’s College, London from September 2-3 2014.

Recognised as a premier gathering for showcasing sustainable laboratory progress and debate, the three-day conference has attracted some of the biggest names in the UK science sector and boasts a list of world-class speakers and exhibitors from all lab communities and disciplines.

Established to recognise excellence in laboratory design, operation and management across all sectors and reward improved performance and enhanced safety and sustainability, the event will also host the highly anticipated S-Lab Awards gala dinner.

During the conference, Shepherd’s team will be leading a discussion on the challenges and success of delivering unparalleled technical accomplishments for the built environment and science sectors, such as The Pirbright Institute project.

Construction Director at Shepherd, David Crampton will host a session and delegate Q&A on ‘How to ensure your capital investment moves seamlessly to operational licensing as quickly as possible’, on 2 September, 13.20-13.50.

The Shepherd team will also chair three breakout sessions covering ‘Designing Biomedical Research Facilities’, ‘Fume Cupboards and Ventilation’  and ‘Innovative Ventilation Technologies’.

Furthermore The Pirbright Institute’s Head of Engineering and Estates, Michael Johnson, will deliver a keynote session entitled ‘The New Pirbright Institute: Managing Big Science Projects and Using Them to Drive Change’ from 10.15-10.45am on September 3.

The Institute provides the UK with the national capability for research and surveillance of virus diseases of livestock and viruses that can spread from animals to humans.

The S-Lab programme, a project of the Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement, (HEEPI) based at the Institute of Science and Technology, is mainly financed by four UK higher education funding bodies.

Shepherd’s Sector Head for Science, Research and Health, Jeremy Eavis, says that the S-Lab programme’s focus on sustainability, innovation and investment in new talent means that the conference is a key event for the group’s science and research team.

He commented: “We are proud to be gold sponsors of this prestigious, world-class event. Experts from all across the sector will be there, providing the opportunity to debate the UK’s vision and commitment to exemplary and ground-breaking science design and engineering.

“We believe the significant investment and implacable approach prevalent across this exciting industry, underlines science and research’s vital role as a key facilitator of UK economic growth.

 “As demonstrated by our success on world-leading projects such as The Pirbright Institute, and as chief engineering contractor for the University of Cambridge’s £40m Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology centre (CEB), we share the S-Lab commitment to sustainable and pioneering research laboratory design."

“We are particularly pleased to be hosting the ‘how to ensure your capital investment moves seamlessly to operational licensing as quickly as possible’ session.

“Our expertise continues to lead in this sector.  With each new project comes a new set of challenges that are of course bespoke to each client, but generally they coalesce around achieving a complex yet technically and commercially viable solution.”

Visit Shepherd at stand 19 of the S-Lab Conference and Awards. For more information, visit www.effectivelab.org.uk