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MRC Laboratory of Medical Sciences

The new headquarters building brings interdisciplinary research groups together, to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of some of the UK’s biggest health challenges.

The MRC Laboratory of Medical Sciences is a biomedical research institute dedicated to advancing the understanding of biology and its application to medicine. Until now, it has been buried across multiple buildings within the Imperial Campus Hospital Trust, without a front door and with very little opportunity for interaction and collaboration across the different research groups.

The new building brings clinical and non-clinical scientists together within a collaborative research environment and offers training and mentorship to a new generation of scientists.

Specialist facilities and multipurpose labs are designed as flexible containers that can be adapted as needs change in the future.

Opportunities for socialising and collaboration are dotted throughout the building. The central staircase and atrium visually connect all the floors and provide direct access to breakout spaces and tea points, while letting in ample amounts of natural light. The seventh-floor café sits next to an external terrace area offering spectacular views across London.

The design and build of the new building has successfully delivered a vibrant space that will fuel the collaborative research ethos that is at the heart of the LMS.

The LMS carefully weaves together highly controlled laboratory environments with write-up neighbourhoods that have a warmer, homely feel to support researchers’ sense of wellbeing. We placed a heavy emphasis on breakout areas, circulation spaces and cafés to encourage chance encounters and collaboration.

Project details

Project name: MRC Laboratory of Medical Sciences

Location: London, UK

Value: £50M – £100M

Scope: Architecture, Interior design

Clients: London Institute of Medical Sciences (Medical Research Council and Imperial College)

Status: Complete

Completion date: 2022

Funding client: Medical Research Council

Main contractor: Walter Lilly

Structural engineers: Buro Happold

Service engineers: Buro Happold

Project management: Turner & Townsend

Cost management: Turner & Townsend

Lab planner: Abell Nepp


Construction Excellence SECBE Awards 2023
Integration & Collaborative Working - Winner

If you want to know more about our education and research work, contact Julia Roberts

If you want to know more about our interior design work, contact Morag Morrison