Building Facilities are responsible for all aspects related to the upkeep and smooth operation of the building. This includes security, cleaning, catering, mechanical and electrical services, alterations and refurbishment, and health and safety legislation relating to premises. In addition, they perform a building liaison role in new build projects and major refurbishments associated with the Institute.
Laboratory Management is responsible for providing advice and information to scientists on health and safety, particularly on how to carry out risk assessments and on appropriate control measures. A further major function of Laboratory Management is the overseeing of shared equipment servicing, replacement and the purchase of new equipment to facilitate the needs of researchers.
Laboratory Support Services perform a wide range of duties that are essential for the support of the research groups, including cleaning and sterilisation of reusable laboratory supplies, liquid/solid media production and maintenance of items such as centrifuge rotors, X-ray processors, water baths and pH meters. The stocking of the tissue culture suites and laboratory waste collections are performed daily.
Items can be withdrawn from stores on a self-service basis with automatic cost centre allocation via swipe card. A porter service is run to deliver external orders to the researchers, while any outgoing samples or materials are processed by stores for courier collection. Highly competitive rates from suppliers are maintained and contracts regularly reviewed.