Belfast firm Portview completes new London Covid-19 test lab in under three months

The new surge capacity laboratory in MedCity, central London.
Ryan McAleer

BELFAST fit-out firm Portview has completed work on a fast-tracked new Covid-19 test lab in central London in less than three months.

Located in the Halo Building in Kings Cross, the 500 sqm testing facility will be utilised by pathology provider, Health Services Laboratories (HSL) in partnership with University College London (UCL) to process 10,000 covid tests a day.

Portview said it had “worked tirelessly” to complete the project ahead of time, operating a 24/7 site and doubling factory shifts to produce the joinery such as laboratory benching and sink units.

The Belfast firm collaborated with KB Architects, Stace, and Taylor Project Services (TPS) on the project.

Dr Rachel Liebmann, group medical director of HSL, said the speed the project came together was a testament to the collaborative effort of the firms.

Portview is no stranger to high profile fit-outs in London, with projects in Wembely stadium and Harrods already in its portfolio.

The new surge capacity laboratory in MedCity, central London.

Managing director Simon Campbell said the company was honoured to have played a role in the fight against Covid-19.

“I am so grateful to our team who worked tirelessly over the past few months to deliver this transformative space, which will assist HSL to implement new ways to push forward the boundaries of scientific analysis and advance the nation’s response to the pandemic.

“This development is the second major partnership we have entered into with HSL, KB Architects, Stace and TPS; having recently completed the London Cervical Screening laboratory on level 8.

“The partnership has worked extremely well, with everyone bringing their strengths and skills to the table to make it happen despite the challenges, proving that early engagement and teamwork is everything.”

Portview last year announced a new £2.5 million corporate headquarters in Castlereagh. The company said its own workforce will both design and build the new structure at Alexander Road.

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