Professor Peter Barrett sits on the judging panel at the ‘Lab of the Future’ competition

Professor Peter Barrett sits on the judging panel at the ‘Lab of the Future’ competition

Professor Peter Barrett, Professor of Management in Property and Construction at the School of the Built Environment, recently sat on the judging panel for Innova Design Solutions’ Lab of the Future competition.

For the competition, the interior furniture specialists asked budding scientists, engineers and designers to submit their ideas on how school science labs will look in 2025 and beyond.

The competition was open to students aged 11-16 and entrants had the opportunity to win £20,000 worth of laboratory furniture for their school. The winning team would also share £1000 between themselves or £250 for an individual entry.

The judges scored the entries on their innovation, creative flair and originality. After this, the panel decided that this year’s winners would be King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls.

The school won the award ahead of lots of strong competition and will use the money to form part of a brand new £2 million science building at King Edward’s.

Speaking after sitting on the panel, Professor Barrett said: “The lab of the future is likely to be much more interactive, much more flexible and will open up possibilities that you cannot do within a single space.

“It will give access to connections and will give us a space where we can create exciting experiments that are beyond our imagination at the moment.

 “You can see that a huge effort has gone in and you can see that they have expanded and gone to lots of people about their labs and made a comprehensive effort to come up with their designs.

 “The winning entry was just simply very good in all respects. It was created with creativity and helps to produce an exciting solution for the lab of the future.”

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