- Imperial College London
- Completion Date
- Summer 2018
- Form Of Contract
- NEC 3 form of contract
- 25,000sq m
Completed in 2018, our science and health division delivered
What we did
The building was originally designed as flexible office space, which ISG transformed into highly technical laboratory facilities. Open-plan laboratories occupy floors one to six, requiring the installation of 333 fume cupboards – one of Europe’s most densely packed installations.
Large open-plan laboratories, and rooms for researchers to collaborate and write up experiments, occupy floors one to six of the Hub. This has helped create a flexible working environment that accommodates a much larger number of fume cupboards than a conventional lab – up to 78 per floor. Both basement levels also feature specialist laboratory space, and a high-specification lecture theatre where students can watch 3D projections of live chemical experiments.
The project was not without its challenges. During the preconstruction period, close co-ordination was needed with the client’s project managers, Turner & Townsend, to develop a complex programme schedule for the Hub’s highly technical fit out and build. Significant structural reinforcements required at basement level could then be completed, which enabled the project team to install the advanced Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) suite, as well as a suite of laser and low electric noise laboratories.
The shallow ceiling voids – measuring less than one metre high – and lack of service risers, also raised co-ordination issues for the vast amounts of ventilation ductwork and cables required. This was overcome using innovative 3D-modelling techniques, which combined new cloud data and architectural drawings to improve co-ordination and resolve spatial fit issues.
Bespoke and innovative design solutions were developed in collaboration with the Imperial College users and safety department, for specialist areas such as the High-Pressure Reactor Suite and Nanomaterials laboratories.
Converting commercial office into world-class laboratories
Making a difference
ISG worked within the limits of the existing structure, minimising alterations to reduce disruption and improve sustainability. In combination with energy-efficient heating, lighting and ventilation systems, the project has achieved a BREEAM Excellent environmental performance rating.