Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub, London, United Kingdom


Michael Uren Biomedical Research Hub

Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub is a state-of-the-art laboratory and office facility being developed at Imperial College London's campus in White City, London, UK.

Located adjacent to the Hammersmith Hospital campus, the new facility will accommodate more than 500 researchers, engineers, scientists and clinicians, who will work concurrently to address the most critical biomedical and healthcare problems.

The planning application for the building was approved by Hammersmith and Fulham Council in July 2015. Construction commenced in January 2017 and is expected to be completed by 2019.

Michael Uren biomedical engineering research building design

The new research hub will be a 14-storey arrow-shaped building with a total floor space of approximately 20,000m². It will be a hybrid concrete and steel frame structure shaped in the form of a triangle, which will house complex mechanical and electrical services infrastructure.

The building will feature prefabricated and geometrically distinct vertical fins placed in front of glazed facades to provide solar shading and privacy to the interiors. It will also feature flexible floorplates and energy-efficient servicing.

Research activities at the biomedical research facility

The research facility will have space for translational research initiatives. It will include research laboratories, an outpatient facility, a 150-seat auditorium, and public spaces.

The building will also include a clinical facility next to the laboratories and office spaces. The laboratory and clinic spaces will be interconnected on each floor.

The research scope of the facility will include new technologies for the early detection, monitoring and treatment of cancers. Additionally, it will develop simple invasive implants and regenerative medicine to aid in the recovery from nervous system injuries.

The facility will also drive clinical translation of MedTech innovation using integrated clinical and imaging facilities at the Hammersmith Hospital.

Contractors involved

Allies & Morrison Architects designed the Michael Uren biomedical engineering research hub. ISG was appointed as the construction contractor for the project.

Buro Happold Engineering was selected as the mechanical and electrical engineer to provide building services engineering, sustainability, facade engineering and fire engineering services.

"The research scope of the facility will include new technologies for the early detection, monitoring and treatment of cancers."

Jones Lang LaSalle was appointed for town planning, Curtins was appointed as structural engineer, and Faithful+Gould as cost consultant for the new building.

Sustainable features of the new research hub

The research hub is designed to achieve Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) very good environmental performance rate.

It will be equipped with a fume exhaust system, which will dilute fumes exhausted through the ventilation system before releasing them into the atmosphere. The facility will also be installed with efficient mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

Financing

Construction of the biomedical research hub is being undertaken with an investment of £70m ($87.22m). Michael Uren and his foundation donated £40m ($67.35m) towards the project.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) under the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UK RPIF) contributed £20m ($24.67m).