Building lab space is expensive. If you need to create private facilities then substantial development costs are almost inevitable, meaning that it’s essential to have large-scale funding in place before even considering research. This, unfortunately, creates a substantial barrier for researchers to test and explore innovative ideas. However, with the option to rent lab space, that’s not the case.
What you need, immediately
Instead, renting space allows researchers to flexibly pursue new fields on their own terms; for businesses, old or new, to develop R&D without the expense of building units; and for existing research departments to scale up, with minimal overheads. And, what’s more, you don’t have to wait for long-winded construction work to take place before you can move in: if the space is available, you can get started as soon as it is fitted out to your requirements. In addition, where short contracts are on offer, it saves the business from the risk and uncertainty of longer term commitments – which have the potential to tie up affairs for months or even years.
For any effective lab space, it’s crucial to have facilities to store chemicals and to dispose of potentially hazardous waste. Attempting to use space not fitted out for the purpose can be dangerous as well as being irresponsible or even illegal. What’s more, results of experiments may well be compromised by poor testing conditions. Rental spaces, though, ensure that operations can be handled safely, responsibly and reliably.
Furthermore, rental spaces will often allow their tenants to hire equipment – using economies of scale to provide specialist technology that would otherwise be beyond the reach of any of the individual enterprises, and at a fraction of the cost of buying new.
Where units need to be custom kitted out, many letters will also assist tenants with on-site or recommended suppliers who are familiar with the units and can provide high quality work quickly and affordably.
Many hubs also encourage networking between their members, as well as with the wider community, which allows businesses to pool talent and share expertise. This has the potential to unlock significant new opportunities, both by allowing new commercial relationships to form and by inspiring new areas of research and investigation via the cross-pollination of ideas. Businesses working in isolation in their own facilities, on the other hand, are far less likely to have access to comparable network benefits.
Welcome guests to your lab
The perks don’t end at the lab door, however. Rented lab spaces often also come with the advantage of office facilities. This means that rather than perching in a corner of a shared area, your business will have dedicated desk space and access to meeting rooms. Having committed meeting space is truly invaluable for welcoming clients, suppliers and job applicants to your lab with confidence – rather than meeting them in a coffee shop or a hallway. Having your own unit, rather than borrowing space, also means that you can have confidence about security, rather than having people moving back and forth through your unit.
Ultimately, whether starting a new venture or scaling up, renting a lab will give you the space that you need – and without the sky-high costs of building your own unit.
Sci-Tech Daresbury offers high-quality laboratory and science spaces in Cheshire, just a short distance from Manchester and Liverpool. The Techspace One building contains 33,000 sq ft of wet and instrumentation laboratories, suitable for businesses with between 10 and 50 staff members. The labs come with chemical storage facilities and have centralized access to hazardous waste disposal. Units can be fitted to meet Category 2 requirements and all have access to 3-phase power. The labs, accessible 24/7 and with on-site parking, also have access to meeting rooms, kitchens, showers and cycle storage – and high-speed internet – providing everything you need for your business.