A state-of-the-art research environment that marks a new era for the University of Warwick Gibbet Hill Campus
With contrasting façades of dark bronze and white concrete, IBRB is designed to reflect both the interdisciplinary research happening within the building and the quality of the work it produces. The 7,060 sqm building is a landmark for the Gibbert Hill campus, immediately recognisable and creating a strong visual link to the main University of Warwick campus to the north.
The big idea
IBRB unites the previously separate schools of life sciences and medicine under one roof, creating a collaborative work environment that emphasises innovation through interaction.
Comprised of two distinct halves, one precast concrete-clad block houses the “wet” research laboratories while a bronze aluminium-faced block features write-up and meeting areas. The latter, in particular, exposes its CLT and glulam frame, creating a soft, warm environment in which to write up research work.
The building used Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) extensively, with a pre-fabricated CLT structure and a modular external envelope enabling construction to remain on track despite the impact of Covid-19.
Prefabrication also simplified the project’s logistics, helping to reduce the building’s carbon footprint by minimising waste. The building features 390 vertical solar panels, saving around 4,600 kg of carbon emissions.
Completed in 2021, IBRB is occupied by researchers and professors working hard to uncover the secrets of infectious diseases, neuroscience and microbiology.
“World leading teams of researchers now have access to a stable, ordered lab environment and a dynamic social work space, enabling interdisciplinary working to help solve new challenges in the life sciences.”
Jason Martin Partner