The lab needs 3 zones; a preparatory room that is separately partitioned, a demo area with a demo table and place to seat students, and the working area with table clusters where the actual lab work is done. For 30 students, you will need a preparatory room at least 5ft wide and 12 ft long, with slotted rack shelves and a counter for preparation of chemicals. The demo area has a demo table and space for 30 chairs to sit around, and a white board or smart board; the table should have a provision for sink, gas outlet and electric sockets.
The main working area can have tables clusters in island or wallside configurations; island configurations enable you to walk around them, while wallside configurations are feasible where the walls are plain and without windows. A typical table cluster for 8 students would be typically 12 ft by 4 ft, but if the space is not enough, they could be smaller. This cluster would also include 2 sink units, and also shelves for reagents.
Planning of services – water, drainage, gas and electricity – to the tables should be done in advance and based on the layout. If the lab is on the ground floor, the services can run beneath the floor to the island clusters. Otherwise the services need to be taken from the wall into the table clusters. Our lab tables have a provision to run all services below the table top.
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