Norland maintains University’s controlled research environment

The University of Southampton is working with Norland, one of the UK’s fastest-growing facilities management providers, to safeguard its world-leading research facilities.  Norland, which has extensive experience working within the higher education sector, is providing a specialist mechanical and electrical maintenance service to the University.

The University’s Mountbatten building is a highly controlled “clean-room” used for research into photonics and nanofabrication. It needs specialist professional care. The £55 million labs place Southampton as one of the top 15 research Universities in the UK but they are among the country’s most challenging maintenance tasks.

The Mountbatten building contains a closed clean room where the air is conditioned to control temperature, ventilation and humidity within fine tolerances. Norland’s dedicated engineering team maintains the reverse osmosis, acid extraction and scrubbing systems as well as toxic, solvent and dust extraction. Norland runs a programme of planned and preventative maintenance to minimise downtime.

John Duff, assistant director of estates and facilities at the University of Southampton said “Norland are experts in providing specialist engineering services to clean room environments.  They are a critical partner in maintaining our reputation as one of the foremost photonics centres in the world. Norland are providing an excellent service within a demanding contract in a highly technical and specialist area. Their ability to drive through high-levels of performance is one factor which sets them apart”.  

John Maidment, sales and marketing director at Norland said: “Clean rooms for research and manufacturing are some of our most challenging maintenance jobs. The delicate equipment and sensitive environment must function properly and leaves no room for error. Maintenance staff are often overlooked, but it’s our engineers who make sure that Southampton’s labs continue to push the boundaries of research, day in, day out”.