ISG turns 1970s office block into state-of-the-art laboratory

8 November 2017

Offices, Healthcare, HSL

We have dispelled the myth that a state-of-the-art laboratory cannot be housed within a pre-existing office building, says ISG’s healthcare building specialist.

ISG’s divisional director, Paul Sharp, made the comments in a special feature in The Pathologist, one of the UK’s leading publications on pathology.

Paul said turning the established 15-storey building into a new facility – known as the Halo Building - for Healthcare Services Laboratories (HSL) – involved an unprecedented level of complexity.

“Typical laboratory buildings have a slab to slab height of 4.5-5 meters, whereas a typical office building is in the range of 3.5-4 meters,” Paul said.

“Despite not being a custom-built space from the very outset, when fully operational, the Halo will operate 24/7 and process over 20 million samples a year, with the most advanced diagnostic technology in the world – a result to rival any custom-built building.”

Located at One Mabledon Place, London, The Halo Building consolidates 30 individual sites into a single, state-of-the-art pathology laboratory.

HSL is a partnership between University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and The Doctors Laboratory.

ISG was appointed in 2014 to create a facility that replicated the organisation’s innovative, world-leading approach to diagnostics and pathology, as well as accommodate the world’s brightest researchers, doctors and scientists.

The article also featured an interview with HSL’s group laboratory director, Tim Herriman, who called the Halo a flagship laboratory.

“Our aim is to bring together the best facilities, latest technologies and brightest minds to deliver world-class diagnostic and pathology services.”

Follow the link to read the full article, ‘A halo model’, which can be found at Please note the article may only be available for registered users. Also, read more about the project in Paul Sharp’s What We Think article, ‘Providing established buildings with a clean bill of health’.