Leading biomedical research facility completes

One of the largest research facilities in Europe has been completed in London.

The 980,000 ft² Francis Crick Institute will house 1,250 scientists who will be analysing the biology of human health and diseases in order to improve people’s lives.

Designed by global giants HOK in partnership with PLP Architecture, the building is arranged as four ‘laboratory neighbourhoods’ and features overlapping floor plates and bridges to foster interdisciplinary collaboration.

David King, Director and Senior Vice President, HOK, commented:

“In every sense possible, collaboration and teamwork have been essential to the long-term success and delivery of the Francis Crick Institute. Unlike traditional institutional approaches of closed doors and high walls, science is firmly on display, both inside and outside the building.”

The institute has already achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for sustainability and is said to be the first laboratory subject to the latest (2010) UK energy regulations.

Arup provided the project management and building services design of the scheme, and their team also developed the procurement route, allowing enabling works to the basement construction to commence ahead of the original programme.

Laing O’Rourke utilised ‘Design for Manufacturing Assembly’ to deliver the core facility and its shell, as well as the general and laboratory fit-out works, and the commissioning and verification of systems that meet scientific standards.

Around £650 million was invested in the institute by its six founding members including the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK and University College London. Francis Crick will have an operating budget of about £130 million a year and employ 1,500 staff when fully operational.

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