University College London | Hawkins\Brown
Enabling vital collaboration.
Collaborative spaces are a valuable tool for any organisation to have, but for a Science & Research facility, they can be transformative – accelerating progress and enhancing the quality of work.
University College London (UCL) understands this and is undertaking a large redevelopment, located on Gray’s Inn Road in London. The project aims to bring together three separate institutions together to better carry out world-leading research and develop practical treatments.
The final development will also include another new academic building and the refurbishment of a listed building, which currently houses the Eastman Dental Hospital. Plot 1 will include the central hub of the newly created UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI), UCL’s world-class Institute of Neurology, and a significant NHS neurology outpatient facility.
The collaborative aims of the project are reflected in the design, which sees the ground floor of the building made accessible to the public. Our expertise in the people flow, acoustics, and MEP requirements of such a space is vital to this project – as well as ensuring the highly technical demands of the laboratories are met as sustainably as possible.
Working with constraints.
Thanks to the uniqueness of the site, we are also crafting solutions for a number of constraints – not least the listed hospital building to the south, the metropolitan open land to the north, and its location within a conservation area. The construction of this exciting redevelopment will start in 2020