Fume Cupboards

University College Dublin (UCD) - RKD Architects, Dublin


Mach-Aire has been commissioned to design, build and install over 150 fume cupboards and over 20 rotavaps for the University College Dublin (UCD) Science Centre South development.

The Problem

UCD are currently redeveloping their Science Centre, with a desire to create a ‘transformational resource for Irish Science’. The project has involved the redevelopment of the existing Chemistry building and a new building extension, to create a 7500m2 Scientific Research Laboratory with state-of-the-art facilities.

The Solution

Mach-Aire secured the order for phase one of the refurbishment works, which included designing, building and installing over 100 CLASSIC fume cupboards, in a variety of width units, and nine rotavap units. The client was keen to create a high specification, flexible laboratory space.

Mach-Aire worked closely with the architects, RKD Architects, throughout the project to ensure the solution met the client’s specification. All fume cupboards had to be connected to the extract system (which has also been designed, manufactured and installed by Mach-Aire).

The success of phase one has seen Mach-Aire commissioned to design and manufacture over 50 CLASSIC fume cupboards and 12 rotavap cupboards for phase two of the project. The client also required a solution that would enable them to use 22 of the fume cupboards within a teaching laboratory on the third floor of the development; visibility was required on all sides of each cupboard. Mach-Aire has designed a bespoke teaching fume cupboard with glass back and sides, to meet the architect’s specific requirements. A mock up of this design was built at Mach-Aire’s factory and sent to site for approval. Work on phase two has commenced and is due to be completed in early 2014.