West Suffolk College’s New State-of-the-Art Lab

New lab with h/p/cosmos pluto at West Suffolk College

West Suffolk College, renowned for its commitment to delivering high-quality education and training, sought to enhance its capabilities in the sports and exercise science departments. Recognising the need for advanced lab equipment to provide students with hands-on, practical learning experiences, the college approached HaB Direct for a comprehensive solution.

The Installation Package at West Suffolk College

HaB Direct, known for its expertise in supplying premium laboratory equipment, curated a bespoke package tailored to West Suffolk college’s specific needs. The installation included the following key components:

h/p/cosmos pluto Treadmill

A robust and versatile treadmill designed for a wide range of fitness and performance tests.

Usage: Ideal for teaching students about cardiovascular fitness, VO2 max testing, and gait analysis.

Monark LC4 Cycle Ergometer

Description: A high-precision ergometer for detailed physiological assessments.

Usage: Used for metabolic and cardiovascular studies, providing reliable data for student experiments.

Monark 894E Peak Bike Cycle Ergometer

Description: A peak performance bike for high-intensity interval training and endurance testing.

Usage: Enables students to explore peak power outputs and anaerobic thresholds.

Zebris FDM-SX Stance Pressure Platform

Description: An advanced platform for measuring foot pressure distribution and gait patterns.

Usage: Essential for biomechanics and physiotherapy modules, offering real-time data and analysis.

Additional Lab-Based Testing Equipment

Lactate Scout 4: Portable lactate analyser for monitoring blood lactate levels during exercise.

Bodystat 1500: Body composition analyser providing data on fat mass, lean mass, and hydration status.

Brower Timing Gates: Accurate timing systems for speed and agility testing.

POWERbreathe Altitude Apex High Performance Pro Mask Based Hypoxic Generator: Simulates high-altitude conditions for hypoxic training.

Nissei Blood Pressure Monitors: Reliable devices for measuring blood pressure during various physiological tests.


The installation process was meticulously planned and executed to ensure minimal disruption to the college’s ongoing activities. HaB Direct’s team of experts collaborated closely with West Suffolk College staff, providing comprehensive training on the operation and maintenance of the new equipment.

Key Steps in the Installation:

  • Initial Consultation: Understanding the college’s requirements and objectives.
  • Customisation: Designing a lab setup that maximises space and functionality.
  • Installation: Professional setup of all equipment, ensuring optimal performance.
  • Training: Detailed sessions for staff and students on using the new tools effectively.
  • Impact and Benefits

The newly equipped lab has significantly enhanced the educational experience at West Suffolk College. Students now have access to industry-standard equipment, enabling them to conduct sophisticated experiments and gain practical skills that are directly applicable in the workplace.

Benefits Include:

  • Enhanced Learning: Real-world applications of theoretical knowledge through hands-on practice.
  • Improved Research: Facilitating student and faculty research projects with advanced data collection tools.
  • Future Expansion: The setup provides a scalable foundation for further growth, accommodating additional equipment and capabilities as needed.


The partnership between West Suffolk College and HaB Direct has resulted in a cutting-edge laboratory that not only enhances the current educational offerings but also sets the stage for future advancements. This investment in high-quality equipment underscores the college’s commitment to providing exceptional education and training, preparing students for successful careers in sports and exercise science.

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