I had succeeded with my client’s goal of researching and locating a technology that could destroy any disease on the planet within HEVAC systems. This appeared to earn me some goodwill both with the English Government and beyond.
I received a phone call just before Christmas one year from a chap at Porton Down. He was up against the clock to complete a report. He asked if I could help by conducting some research on Escherichia coli, and specifically serotype 0157:H7. Whilst the research was enough to put anyone off their Christmas dinner, I’m always happy to my do my bit for Queen & Country. So I gladly volunteered and spent many hours on desk research analysing all available data then sending my report via a secure courier.
The success with the Research & Development regarding disease control took another turn when I ended up speaking to the Head of Biotechnology for Wales. I had been conducting basic experiments at my maisonette in Bath. However, I was pushing the boundaries of what one can do to a home central heating and electrical system that was almost 100 years old. So the Welsh Government ended up making me an offer I couldn’t refuse.
I was asked if I would be interested in taking a laboratory in a government-subsidised facility in South Wales. The location was the former British Steel Research & Development complex in Port Talbot. It was a secure / fenced / guarded site adjacent to the steel rolling plant, then owned by Corus.
Whilst the backdrop to the site resembled Mordor from Lord of the Rings, the on-site facilities were excellent. I had access to the full Corus Chemical and Microbiological laboratories where I could set up a lab next door to a company working on next generation thin-film solar. I also had access to a subsidised CAD design service.
As always, my clients needed everything completed on tight-budgets, so the site appealed greatly to my clients. I was able to salvage virtually whatever I wanted from the old workshops – whilst 20 year old computers were somewhat useless, the cutting / weighing / testing machines were mostly in working order. I was also very pleased to be able to salvage metals, pipework, IBCs, etc.
Of course there is always a catch when such things are offered. I had to prove that a certain piece of technology could destroy E-Coli by setting up an experiment that was verified by an independent 3rd party and I only had a short time-frame to complete the task.