Fully functional and compliant gas systems, delivered on time and on budget

The Lyell Centre is a £21m collaborative project between the British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University (HWU), to enable them to build on their expertise in land and marine conservation, geology and geo-science. This purpose-built facility required high purity laboratory gas systems.

The facility was jointly funded by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and HWU.


Key challenges

  • Design, supply and install high purity laboratory gas systems, including: hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, helium, carbon dioxide and air.
  • Co-ordinating the installation in multiple laboratories covering two floors of a new building.
  • Fast turnaround required.
  • Working with other contractors to bring the project in on time.
  • Satisfying the demands of all funding bodies.


Our approach

Extensive discussions with the client, the end users and the main contractor to ensure an installation requiring no post contract modifications.



  • Fully functioning gas systems, delivered on time and on budget.
  • Full compliance with the British Compressed Gas Association codes of practice.
  • The provision of Written Schemes of Examination to meet the requirements of the Pressure System Safety Regulations and to provide a structure for future annual inspections.