University of Cumbria

Building Use

Higher Education

Project Duration

16 weeks

Procurement Method


Why buy from Portakabin

Project Features

  • Clean and flexi-laboratories
  • Two temperature-controlled rooms
  • Preparation and tissue culture room
  • Microscopy room
  1. The Requirements

    Additional facilities were required to allow the University of Cumbria to expand its science portfolio by offering degree-level qualifications in chemistry and biomedical science. The investment in the new specialist research laboratories would help address the national skills gap for graduates with specific bioscience skills. The building would also be a catalyst for greater collaboration with local schools to encourage interest in STEM subjects from an early age.

  2. The Solution

    The £1.6m project on the Fusehill Campus in Carlisle seamlessly extended laboratory facilities completed by Portakabin. Portakabin delivered a second state-of-the-art STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) laboratory scheme – on time, on budget, and after only four months on site. Laboratory accommodation was craned into position in just five days and required only nine people on site. The building installation was carried out during the summer holidays to avoid any disruption to the university. Externally, the new upper floor has solar control feature glazing, areas of cedar wood finish and brise soleil sun shading to fully integrate it with the first phase of the building. 

Our priorities were speed, quality and cost efficiency and Portakabin has excelled in each area. We are delighted that the building was handed over on time and on budget in time for the start of the new academic year – and despite a very tight programme.

Paul McCulloch, Head of Capital Development, University of Cumbria

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