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This is a conversion of the old 1950's Andrew McColm Hospital into a state of the art Forensic Laboratory.

The project covered these issues:

Heritage (the site consisted of a number of buildings, including a 1950's hospital and some early 20th century structures. 

Reuse of old Structures - The original 3 storey structure was designed as a 1950's hospital with wards and operation theaters that was abandoned due to the high and impractical maintenance costs.  The conversion was to a state of the art robotic laboratory that required long spaces and numerous special services.  The design resulted in the entrance moving from the cramped lower ground floor on the south to a high tech and secure entrance to the upper ground floor on the north.

 

 

“The World’s Biggest, Single Automated Forensic Analysis System...” Tecan Journal, 2006

"...Hungry for Samples

It's 37m long but only 4 meters wide; its controlled by 27 PCs and includes eight Tecan Freedom EVO Workstations.  It took the project team 23.7 man years to complete, during which time they travelled over 0ne million kilometres and spent 4.5 years away from home.

This is no ordinary laboratory instrument, but the new fully automated genetic sampling system (gaps), a DNA analysis system that was specially commissioned for the Biology Unit of the South African Police Services (SAPS) Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL).  The GSPS will be abel to accept in excess of 800 samples for DNA extraction and further downstream processing in a day, significantly improving the speed at which DNA analysis results can be obtained..."