Merit was awarded the contract for the design and construction of specialised modular laboratory containers for multi-role oceanographic research vessels for the National Environmental Research Council.
These modular laboratories were fitted out at our 48,000 sqm fabrication facility in Northumberland. The units were specifically designed for sub zero temperatures. Working with the client, Merit prefabricated the units to allow for shipping to South Africa and then onto the Antarctic. The units were installed on site by a Merit team in temperatures reaching -15°C.
The units were fitted with fume cupboards and associated air handling systems for testing and life systems to ensure the comfort of operatives work at the South Pole.