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PLP’s Camden 'super lab' in for planning

PLP Architecture’s £500 million biomedical research centre scheme at Kings Cross in Camden, London, has been submitted for planning

The UKCMRI project will create a new integrated biomedical research hub, home to 1,250 scientists, on a 1.5 hectare site next to St Pancras International Station.

Local residents however have already objected to the proposals, claiming the building would limit the development of social housing in the area.

St Pancras and Somers Town councillor Roger Robinson told the local press: ‘I have been fighting this since the beginning because it is an unsuitable site and the majority of us are really worried about having a medical research centre there.’

The centre’s scientists are expected to carry out on site research into cancer, flu and malaria. UKCMRI has confirmed more deadly contagious diseases are absent from the research programme, but locals nevertheless fear the centre could be a terrorist target.

A spokesperson for UKCRMI said: ‘Since April 2008, we’ve widely consulted the local community as well as business leaders and Camden Council over our plans for the new institute. We’ve held more than 70 events and met more than five hundred people. 
‘We’ve amended our plans in response to feedback and many of the comments we receive from local people are very supportive of the project.  People support our ambitions to tackle some of the most significant diseases affecting people today - including cancers, heart disease and stroke, flu and neuro-degenerative diseases.’ 

David Cooksey, chair of UKCMRI, said: ‘The proposed UKCMRI building has been carefully designed to meet future scientific demands and to respond to the architectural heritage of the area. In addition, we have modified the exterior, public areas and open spaces as a result of consultation.’

In April PLP replaced HOK as lead designers on the scheme’s exterior. The practices ‘sexed up’ designs were unveiled in late June.

The centre is planned to open in 2015.

 

Previous story (24.06.10)

AJ Exclusive: PLP unveils medical research centre in London

These are the first images of ‘sexed-up’ proposals for the £600 million UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, next to St Pancras Station in central London

The design for the so-called ‘cathedral of science’ has been drawn up by PLP Architecture, which was brought in to assist original contest winner HOK earlier this year (AJ 01.04.2010).

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