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ALcontrol Laboratories' has recently completed major redesign and development works at their large Aspen court site in Rotherham. The site now incorporates benchmark water testing facilities along side food analysis laboratories and represents significant investment in service to businesses in the region and in the future of ALcontrol.

The developments consist of a new mezzanine floor to accommodate office based staff, state of the art water microbiology and chemistry laboratories, creation of PCR and specials laboratories and a major redesign of the ground floor to significantly improve sample receipt, cold-store facilities, incubation capability, media production and autoclave capacity and storage and dispatch areas.

ALcontrol has relocated the water testing services it offered through its Bradford laboratory to the new facilities at Rotherham. The new location offers improved production flow and efficiencies which will enhance the service ALcontrol provides to its customers.

The inclusion of a PCR laboratory and a designated specials laboratory offers the company areas dedicated to research and development, allowing them to develop new methods and take on specialised project work.

All the building works were carried out whilst remaining fully operational necessitating precision planning and much cooperation from staff and contractors alike. The project was completed with minimum disruption in service to customers and UKAS (ALcontrol's accreditation body) were complementary of their handling of the development.

Dean Hammer, ALcontrol's Food & Water Projects Director, commented:

"Amalgamating food and waters facilities will give us many and varied benefits from the savings gained from combined sample collection runs to efficiency increases from improved process flow. Having a joint workforce will facilitate the sharing of knowledge, skills and ideas across the two disciplines allowing them to support each other and our customers with expertise."

At Aspen Court, ALcontrol routinely carry out the testing of food for food spoilage, food poisoning and pathogenic organisms, determine the product composition for labelling purposes, confirm shelf life of products and perform allergen detection. They routinely test water for a full range of potable water regulatory parameters. They are one of the UK's market leaders in food and water analysis with a turnover in excess of [pounds sterling]20 million, and laboratories throughout the UK.

Contact ALcontrol on tel 01709 369699 or visit
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Title Annotation:ALcontrol Laboratories' completed major redesign and development benchmarking water testing facilities
Comment:New look facilities for ALcontrolNew look facilities for ALcontrol.(ALcontrol Laboratories' completed major redesign and development benchmarking water testing facilities )
Publication:Food Trade Review
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2010
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