Bloomsbury Research Institute
- Client / UCL and LSHTM
- Location / London
- Sector / sciences
- Value / £41.7m (Construction
- Status / Stage D complete, towards Stage E
- Role / Architect
The Bloomsbury Research Institute is a new partnership, between UCL and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), set up for better understanding and combating infectious disease. 240 scientists will be co-located to a new safe, secure and energy efficient infectious disease laboratory building designed by BMJ Architects.
The need for proximity to strategic partners within the London Knowledge Quarter led to the selection of a constricted site at the heart of the Bloomsbury Conservation Area. The accommodation is configured over 5 storeys, including a double basement for the extensive support laboratories. The site neighbours a number of listed buildings and the team at BMJ Architects worked in collaboration with the London Borough of Camden Planning Authority, and in extensive consultation and engagement with local residents to develop a design that maximises accommodation for the client in a manner that will enhance the setting and address the constraints with the minimum level of risk.
The elevations will be set back to respect the sunlight and daylight requirements of the neighbouring properties whilst green roof and planting will enhance the views from their windows. The requirements of a modern daylit workplace for the principle work areas located on the upper floors have been reconciled within the historical context through the innovative use of brass cladding. The extensive use of glazed screens throughout will allow excellent workflow patterns and visibility between groups. The social spaces located within the main circulation areas encourage collaboration and interaction amongst all building users. The accommodation is accessed from a light filled entrance atrium, itself accessed from the street through a unique public exhibition gallery.