Flexible Laboratory Design for Swiss Start-Up Companies


Flexible Laboratory Design for Swiss Start-Up Companies


BakerHicks’ Laboratories specialists recently created a flexible and attractive rental space for life sciences and mechatronics start-up companies, as part of a wider multi-disciplinary design team appointed to deliver the project.

Converting an existing building next to the newly built University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland campus in Muttenz, the project included the development of higher-level logistics and security concepts for the building, alongside the design of its laboratories.




Key results

Highlights included the team’s close collaboration with a range of business start-ups – discovering more about their work, processes and needs. This meant the laboratory designs could be adapted to reflect current ways of working whilst allowing flexibility for change as needed.

The project also provided a real insight into the world of start-ups, meeting with founders and staff from across the businesses to develop a detailed understanding of design requirements to ultimately help them grow.

The laboratories are already in use, and due to their proximity to the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, the start-ups are well-placed for some exciting research and development opportunities in the future.




Key project features

  • Flexible design which meets the long-term needs of a range of tenants
  • Tight construction programme
  • Conversion of an existing building with a number of technical challenges


Our delivery

  • Project delivery from feasibility to commissioning
  • Development of concepts and processes for logistics and security in the building
  • Laboratory planning for various uses (chemistry, microbiology, technology)
  • Estimation and calculation of costs
  • Tendering for laboratory technology and equipment
  • Specialist site management


Value to our customer

  • Expertise in building conversions – addressing floor heights, ventilation and media supply
  • Consulting on laboratory equipment and processes
  • Multi-disciplinary experience with multi-stakeholder engagement