Making the connection
Space at the hospital site was at a premium. So the new building was designed to make the most of a void, linking three existing buildings: physically and metaphorically.
Its steel frame spans the space between the Medical Research Council, University and Cancer Research laboratory buildings forming a new world class research institute.
Connecting all three existing buildings, it now provides a central atrium as well as a new iconic frontage that has changed the face of the east side of the hospital site.
Exchanging ideas, working together
Inside, the open, organic design encourages interaction and collaboration between researchers. A central atrium is naturally lit via a roof cupola.
The new building provides a seminar room and office spaces, research spaces for computational biology and new social spaces.
BAM has refurbished and provided new facilities for the Institute, such as a bio store.
As befitting a leading-edge research facility, there’s a deliberate emphasis on green issues and sustainability. The project has achieved a BREEAM ‘Very Good rating.
For example, ultra high-performance insulation and heat recovery units, means there is no need for primary heating.
And at a detailed level, the landscape planting follows the principles of a ‘Physic Garden’ using indigenous species.