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Claughtons has recently completed its first ever commercial laboratory installation. The project was completed for Hull-based safety company, Arco, so they can undertake materials testing in-house. We designed the laboratory and fitted bespoke furniture, working alongside principal contractor, The Soper Group.

Whilst this is the first commercial laboratory we’ve completed, we regularly install laboratories into secondary schools. This project has proved that our expertise and skills transfer perfectly into the commercial sector.

Simon Crawford, Director of Claughtons, comments: “We are delighted with the end result of the Arco laboratory. We worked closely with ARCO and undertook 3D visualisation to ensure our bespoke design matched their needs and those of a commercial testing facility. We are widely regarded to be one of the UK’s leading suppliers of laboratory furniture and work hard to offer our customers the best technology and quality available.

“Many companies require their own testing facilities, so whilst we have previously only focused on the education sector, we are now branching out and offering our laboratory design services to businesses around the UK.”

The Arco laboratory is now in use and undertaking a variety of materials testing ranging from impact testing for toe caps to colour fastness for fabrics. It has been designed in the company’s brand colours and will enable ARCO to test their own products to an accredited standard.

Ian Edmondson, Facilities Manager for ARCO, comments: “Arco is the UK’s leading safety company and we are committed to keeping people safe at work.  We need to be sure that the products we sell meet and exceed the required standards.  The Arco laboratory is an important investment for the business and will enable us to ensure that our customers are properly protected. We decided to work with Claughtons because they had a good reputation for delivering first rate projects. Having previously worked with Claughtons on several office re-fits across the country, we were impressed with their professionalism and believed their operational site in Melton was robust enough to cater for our requirements. The experience of working with Claughtons was smooth and the project was delivered on time and within budget – we are thrilled with the final result.”

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