The Laboratory of Molecular Biology is one of the highest profile research communities in the world, with an impressive track record of 13 Nobel Prize winning scientists. This research facility challenges the norm for this type of laboratory building by minimising the extent of rooftop plant enclosures. The primary air handling plant is located in four free-standing, stainless steel clad, sculptural plant towers. Ductwork routed laterally, directly into interstitial service voids (ISV’s) between the occupied research levels. This configuration improves the capacity for long term flexibility within the research spaces as well as minimising any vibration issues by isolating the plant structure from accommodation structure. The plant towers are potent visual markers within the edge of city setting, giving a strong and distinctive identity to the facility. The plan form promotes strong, easy and flexible interaction between the research groups within the building whilst maintaining an identifiable area for the primary research groups with dedicated office spaces, meeting and seminar room facilities. Write up spaces and bench areas have great external awareness through the triple glazed, compact thermal-flue external skin. Under construction by BAM, who are also providing design services for all technical spaces.
“The new LMB building has a stunning design and will provide a globally competitive research centre with state of the art facilities for making the discoveries of the 21st Century. In addition, we will now be able to expand our research on the molecular biology of the brain and to build up activities that help to turn discoveries into medicine.”
Dr Hugh Pelham, Director of the LMB