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Queen Mary Innovation Centre

Queen Mary’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 building houses 3,700 m2 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 further afield.

This combining of the commercial research and academic worlds into one building required a flexible approach to allow for the variety of potential tenants, whilst also encouraging exchange and interaction via the inclusion of shared amenities, such as a café and meeting rooms.

The modular façade incorporates a brise soleil created from a tensioned mesh of perforated bronze, which, with the deep recessed windows, provides shading and reduces solar gain within the building. The laboratories on the lower ground floor required double-height spaces to allow sunlight within, and the high level of services needed here are directed through one, very large duct, four metres 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 University in east London

LOCATION
London, UK
CLIENT
Queen Mary Innovation
ARCHITECT
NBBJ
PROJECT VALUE
£ 21 million
AREA
7,100 m2
COMPLETION
2009