Flagship science centre benefits from Sheffield company’s skills

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A FLAGSHIP science centre has opened its doors at Staffordshire University with the help of Sheffield-based Birley Manufacturing.

The company, best known as an interior designer and shop fitter, won the £400,000 contract to provide laboratory furniture, including specialist chemical resistant worktops across more than 900 cabinets as well as a series of stainless steel and ceramic sinks.

The Birley Vale Avenue company also installed gas and water supplies to each unit in the four-storey, 46-room teaching laboratory on the university campus, working alongside main contractor Miller Construction.

The science centre houses specialist science and technology laboratories, a cognitive and developmental psychology suite, interview rooms, two lecture theatres, a dedicated IT suite, learning resource centre, flexible learning spaces, café and public exhibition space.

Birley has extensive experience of installing furniture, fittings and specialist equipment in facilities ranging from science laboratories and classrooms to school catering areas, reception and meeting areas and staff rooms in primary, secondary and tertiary education institutions.

Phil Hingley, business development manager for Birley, said “It has been a privilege to be involved in this prestigious project that has added significant new resources to the university.

“We are pleased to have been able to put our experience to good use and take pride in having played our part in this exciting new facility.”

News of the success comes weeks after Birley used its sheet metal working skills to complete a £300,000 contract for First Great Western to make under-frame skirts that protect electrical and ancillary equipment carried under trains in its fleet from flying debris.