Laboratory Design – current and future trends

Science provides the catalyst for innovation and advancement of solutions for the world.

In order to remain at the forefront of its field, science needs to balance a variety of challenges, including continual new product development, process efficiency, adaptability of space and recruitment and retention of great staff.

Arup’s combination of experience and skills provides leading solutions to these challenges. With more than 30 years experience in the Science and Industry community, completed projects range from major science campus facilities, to specialist laboratories, clean rooms and facility upgrades.

Showing our capability

Adaptability, coupled with experience and a depth of technical knowledge is why we enjoy a successful and rewarding relationship with the pharmaceutical, institutional, academic and associated science and research industries.

One example of this relationship is our Global Science and Industry Business initiative which brings together the best experience in current and future trends in laboratory design.

Recent events

As part of the initiative, Arup Ireland recently hosted an event in Cork. It considered drivers that influence the design of laboratories and their evolution from the past and into the future. Insights were shared from research and manufacturing communities and from corporate, institutional and designers' perspectives.

Speakers included John Cooper of The Francis Crick Institute, Michael O’Sullivan of University College Dublin, Dieter Gromling of the Max Planck Society and Brian Costello of Novartis Ringaskiddy Ltd.

The attendees were treated to a masterclass about modifications and improvements to laboratories in use, the creation of a world-leading centre for medical science and innovation, and compared current laboratory designs with those of the past and the current trends.

Technical excellence

Arup has unrivalled resources and technical capabilities that we channel into the development and delivery of projects solutions for our clients.

Multi-disciplinary project teams create the unique link between facility and process, enhancing the creation of a seamless design solution that reflects the operational and financial aspirations of your business.

Working towards and delivering a total solution ensures we add value and make a significant contribution to the development of your goals and objectives.


  • Interior of a laboratory with a female scientist working. Credit Donal Murphy

    Our Global Science and Industry Business initiative is bringing together current and future trends in laboratory design.