Swailes Superlab proudly accepts the esteemed OPT Certificate

Created: Thursday, 09 Nov 2023

Swailes Superlab proudly accepts the esteemed OPT Certificate, an accolade that recognizes the groundbreaking contribution of Robin Swailes Design and Development to the heart of Oxford's scientific landscape. This momentous achievement marks our laboratory as the pioneering city centre life science building, a true testament to our commitment to innovation and sustainability.

The Oxford Preservation Trust (OPT), who sees itself as the Guardians of Oxford, is revered for their unwavering dedication to the preservation and enhancement of Oxford's architectural heritage since 1927. They have bestowed this honour upon Swailes Superlab. In a city that breathes history, our modern and forward-thinking laboratory stands as a symbol of progress while respecting the rich tapestry of Oxford's past.

Robin Swailes, responsible for the design and build of this cutting-edge laboratory space, expressed his elation, saying, "An award from OPT is particularly meaningful as it aligns perfectly with their mission to safeguard Oxford's built heritage. Our building not only champions a green agenda with its impressive EPC 'A' rating but also integrates innovative rainwater harvesting systems and a design that inspires the young scientists of today and tomorrow."

Within the comfortable interior of Swailes Superlab, the present occupants, Milvus Advanced, a trailblazing nanotechnology company, have found an ideal haven for their groundbreaking work. Assia, the youthful and dynamic CEO of Milvus Advanced, enthusiastically shares her thoughts, stating, "This distinctive building perfectly embodies our company's vision of environmental consciousness and sustainability. Achieving an outstanding A-rated energy efficiency rating, we are steadfast in our commitment to minimizing our carbon footprint. Superlab exemplifies our dedication to eco-friendly practices."

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the eminent judging panel, whose discerning eyes recognized the unparalleled significance of Swailes Superlab. Captured in the pages of the OPT 2023 awards brochure, the panel can be seen huddled within the Swailes suites' main laboratory area, reminiscent of a bustling tube station, underlining the vibrant energy that permeates every corner of our remarkable facility.

Swailes Superlab stands as a beacon of innovation, sustainability, and progress in the heart of Oxford. We are humbled and honoured to receive the OPT Certificate from the Oxford Preservation Trust, who proudly considers themselves the Guardians of Oxford. We remain steadfast in our commitment to shaping a brighter, greener, and more exciting future for our beloved city.