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NBBJ wins planning for Queen Mary scheme - images

NBBJ has been given the green light for this £28 million Biosciences Innovation Centre in east London.

The international commercial giant is the latest big-name practice commissioned to design new facilities for Queen Mary, University of London.

In recent years the university has worked with Will Alsop, on his award-winning Blizzard Building, Feilden Clegg Bradley and Surface Architects and it is understood yet more architectural appointments are in the pipeline.

The new Innovation Centre in New Road, Whitechapel, which was recently approved by Tower Hamlets Council, will create nearly 4,000m2 of laboratory and office space.

It is hoped the facility will attract hi-tech, start-up firms specialising in the 'life sciences sector' and will form a key part of a growing science cluster centred around Queen Mary's Medical School and the Royal London Hospital.

University principal Adrian Smith said: 'We are delighted that our plans for the Innovation Centre have been approved.

'[It] will provide the high quality facilities needed by entrepreneurial scientists to commercialise their research, allowing them to remain in east London, as well as attracting new companies to this part of the capital.'

He added: 'This new development will contribute to the ongoing renewal process of east London, creating and supporting new jobs for the local and regional community.'

Work on site is due to begin later this year and the building is expected to open its doors late in 2008.

by Richard Waite

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