July 28th 2016 saw the opening of SureScreen’s new DNA laboratory by local Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham.
The building, an ancient Grade 2 listed Threshing Barn based at the beautiful Morley Retreat in Morley, has been extensively restored and is now a state-of-the-art facility.
Named after the directors’ grandfather who bought the barn, the Alan Campbell Building is working at the forefront of DNA analysis. SureScreen’s DNA work enables new methods of identifying the presence or absence of endangered species in their habitats by using environmental samples such as pond water by detecting environmental DNA (eDNA). The new building will also provide a dedicated space for a range of forensic/criminal DNA opportunities worldwide.
The opening was an ideal opportunity to see how a redundant agricultural building can be given a new lease of life and converted into an exciting working environment as well as tour the company’s other laboratories at Morley Retreat to see the exciting work that goes on at SureScreen. These laboratories are usually out of bounds to visitors due to the exacting work and confidential nature of Scientifics’ clients.
The barn was restored with support from a development grant through Derby University, and alongside the Scientifics’ staff it is also being used by Chris Troth, a PhD student from Derby University researching biodiversity, currently testing water for the presence of white clawed crayfish.
The design for the restoration is the vision of Derek Trowell and his team of architects who were in attendance at the opening, clearly delighted at seeing their vision realised. It is now impossible to tell which areas of the building were in such need of repair which is testament to the craftsmanship of Jones Brothers Derby who restored the building and have even completely rebuilt some parts of it. The building also incorporates the latest heat pump technology, insulation levels and super-efficient lighting despite the façade being several hundred years old.
In the last two months the Alan Campbell Building has already provided 156 ecology companies from all over Britain with environmental DNA analysis of pond water for the presence or absence of great crested newts, another of Britain’s protected species. A project to detect human bodies in rivers and canals has also been launched.
It’s another milestone that ensures SureScreen stays at the cutting edge of DNA Analysis, and will provide an important service to many businesses and authorities using these incredibly intricate techniques.
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