Birmingham City Laboratories

Birmingham City Laboratories (BCL) form part of the Acivico group of service. We offer a wide range of analytical services, within the chemical science and building sectors. These are available to public and private clients in the Birmingham and West Midlands areas as well as nationwide.

BCL is an independent consultancy and United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited laboratory. It is based in Garretts Green, about 5 miles from Birmingham International Airport.

Our experienced teams of engineers, surveyors and chemists are specialists in sectors related to:

Asbestos testing and surveying

  • Air monitoring
  • Bulk fibre analysis & sampling
  • Management, refurbishment & demolition surveys

Building surveying and inspection

  • Rope access & high rise safety inspections
  • Steelwork condition & corrosion investigations
  • Visual inspections & defect surveys

Concrete condition surveys and testing

  • Chloride contamination surveys
  • Concrete carbonation & deterioration inspections
  • Covermeter, delamination, Ferroscan & resistivity surveys
  • Half cell potential mapping

Building material analysis and failure investigation

  • Chloride ion content of concrete
  • Cement content of concrete
  • Metal analysis & compositions

Food, consumer protection and environmental chemical analysis

  • Authenticity of spirits drinks
  • Cosmetic products testing
  • Food complaints investigations
  • Nutritional components
  • Water analysis

Toxicology analysis

  • Alcohol & drugs of abuse analysis in body fluid
  • Carbon monoxide in blood
  • Road Traffic Act: Drink & Drive Legislation blood & urine testing

For more detailed information on the range of services available through BCL, visit the BCL section of the Acivico website.