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Allies and Morrison wins go-ahead for biomedical research building

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Allies and Morrison has won planning for a biomedical engineering building at Imperial College’s White City campus

The 13-storey building will provide space for the research into biomedical sciences and engineering with an integrated healthcare facility.

It will include research laboratories, an outpatient clinic, a 150-seat auditorium, and social spaces.

The building is being funded by a £40 million gift to the university from engineer and innovator Michael Uren and his foundation.

The building forms part of the university’s new White City campus, which is also set to feature green space, student accommodation, and shops.

Graham Stark, development director for White City Campus at Imperial College London, said: ‘The Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub will harness the expertise of engineers, scientists and researchers under one roof – to drive forward medical technology and bring direct benefits to patients. We’re delighted to have planning permission and look forward to continuing to work with the Council and the community as we realise this important step for our White City Campus.’

The architect’s view

The building has a triangular plan which responds to the layout of the existing masterplan, while affording a highly flexible and efficient servicing strategy in which the laboratory and clinic spaces are served by interconnected plant on each floor. A field of vertical fins is set in front of the glazed façades, providing solar shading and privacy to the interior while lending the building a dynamic and distinctive image.

Allies and Morrison Imperial College

Project data

Location White City, Hammersmith and Fulham
Type of project higher education and healthcare
Client Imperial College London
Architect Allies and Morrison
Funding £40 million gift from Michael Uren

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