A mobile lab – wherever you need it

Sometimes, scientific research needs to take place in the most awkward of environments – a remote island, for example, or a rural African community.

Researchers need to be where the subject is, but it’s not always feasible to have access to a fully-equipped lab in every location. Building a laboratory from scratch can be time-consuming and expensive, particularly in the developing world, and with funding for research being at a premium, this is often not a cost-effective or practical solution.

However, a converted shipping container can make the perfect lab – portable, durable and secure, as well as being able to withstand the most extreme of weather conditions. What’s more, the lab can be fully kitted out in an appropriate location before being transported by air, sea or rail to where it needs to be.

Here at Mr Box, we have years of experience in creating container labs for a number of projects, and no issue is too complex.

Containers can be fitted with all the specialist equipment needed for research, as well as being heat-controlled through the use of air-conditioning and insulation. We can even provide a generator if power on site could be an issue.

If transportation while fully-equipped is not possible, our team can also talk you through the installation, as with a lab we created a few years ago for a project in Cape Verde, off the coast of Africa.

The lab comprised two 40ft containers, which could be joined together on site by the university team. We designed the lab in such a way that the customer could easily follow a set of instructions from us to join the units on site in Cape Verde.

To ensure there would be no issues on site, once we had finished creating the lab, we simulated the joining for the research team in our Liverpool workshop so they could ask any questions – and we were pleased to say the installation went without a hitch.

So, if you need extra space for your research, no matter how remote or inaccessible your location, get in touch – it’s all about thinking inside the box!