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Queen Mary Innovation Centre

Queen Mary and Westfield College’s Biosciences Innovation Centre is an impressive addition to the University’s White­chapel site, already home to the Blizard Building, a research and teaching laboratory for the university’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. 

The new building houses 40,000 ft² of flexible laboratories and offices, a lecture theatre and teaching facilities. The laboratories were designed specifically for state-of-the-art high technology companies operating in the Life Sciences sector, to attract small, start-up companies coming both from the university and from further afield. 

The façade incorporates a bris soleil created from a tensioned mesh of perforated copper, which provides shading and reduces solar gain within the building. The high level of services required for the laboratories are directed through one, very large duct, four meters by six metres, which feeds the whole building.

As well as serving the university, the development is part of an ongoing regeneration of Whitechapel and East London. It has been jointly developed with the London Development Agency with the support of Thames Gateway funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Start-up laboratory facilities alongside lecture theatres at Queen Mary College in east London

LOCATION
London, UK
CLIENT
Queen Mary University of London
ARCHITECT
NBBJ
PROJECT VALUE
£ 21 million
COMPLETION
2009