Derriford Research Facility : World class science

A science installation of great complexity challenging our design and engineering capabilities Get in touch

Project Overview

The DRF project is Plymouth University’s world class centre for Health and Medical Research.This is also an exceptionally complex M&E challenge. The design is advanced and requires specialist expertise in a wide range of building services areas such as the BMS, ICT, medical gasses and prefabrication.

TClarke has the in-house engineers and site teams here in the South West to take on a challenge on this scale and work with our partners to deliver a world class research facility.


"We may be best known for our work on London’s landmark commercial projects, but our capability to deliver complex projects like this - in Edinburgh, Cambridge, Manchester or Plymouth - is just as important for our clients.”

Rob Faro, TClarke South West MD

Key Facts

Highlights from our work at the Derriford Research Facility

Project Value £4.5 Million M&E
Initial R&D Project
Ongoing Engineering Support
Average 30 Workforce
Programme 16 months Duration
World class Laboratory Facilities

Specialist Areas

  • Plymouth University Systems Biology Centre : genomics, proteomics, Next Generation Sequencing and quantitative mass spectrometry
  • Plymouth Light Microscopy Service : Light / confocal microscopy and image analysis service for bioimaging applications
  • HPLC / LCMS analytical services
  • Microarray platform technology
  • Level 2 and 3 containment facilities
  • Cell / tissue culture and analysis facilities
  • Flow cytometry / FACS suite
  • Extracellular Flux Analysis
  • Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)
  • Biobanks / tissue banks Novel cell/tissue model technologies
  • Novel cell/tissue model technologies


Electrical Package

  • LV Incoming Main, LV Panel, LV Distribution Cabling & Distribution Boards 
  • Power to Mechanical Installation 
  • Standby Generation and Fuel System 
  • Small Power Distribution 
  • Earthing and Bonding 
  • Photovoltaic Installation 
  • Lighting Including Emergency and Diurnal Lighting 
  • Cat6 Wiring and Infrastructure 
  • Fire Alarm System 
  • CCTV & Access Control 
  • • Intruder Alarm

Mechanical Package

  • Soil & Vent and Condensate Pipework 
  • DRY Riser installation
  • Domestic and Laboratory Hot and Cold Water Systems 
  • LTHW & Heat Source 
  • CHP Unit and Integration 
  • Chillers & Chilled Water Distribution 
  • Fan Coil Units 
  • Laboratory and Fume Extract Ventilation 
  • Process Extract Ventilation• AHU & Air Distribution 
  • Air Quality Sampling Systems 
  • Natural and Laboratory Gas Installation 
  • Building Management System 
  • VRF and DX Cooling Systems

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