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Hawkins\Brown wins £50m London Institute of Medical Sciences job

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Hawkins\Brown Architects has won a publically tendered contract for a new £50 million headquarters for the London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) in Shepherds Bush

The AJ100 Practice of the Year – working with Buro Happold and Abel Nepp Architects – was chosen ahead of 13 rival bids for the £4 million contract to re-house the recently renamed biomedical institute, previously known as the Medical Research Council Clinical Sciences Centre.

The project, planned to complete in 2021, is backed by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Imperial College London. It will create a new 10,000m² advanced research complex for the LMS featuring Containment Level 2 laboratories, In-vitro imaging areas and Core Biotechnology Services facilities.

In a statement, the MRC said: ‘We fund research across the biomedical spectrum, from fundamental labbased science to clinical trials, and in all major disease areas. Our research has resulted in life-changing discoveries for over a hundred years.

’To enable innovative science of the highest standard, research facilities must be maintained and upgraded as required. This project is seeking to provide the LMS with a new facility which will serve its science for the next 20-35 years.’

The LMS was founded by the MRC in 1994 to promote science in clinical environments, and aims to improve understanding of disease to deliver better diagnoses and treatments.

It is currently spread across four separate buildings within the Hammersmith Hospital campus on Du Cane Road, which is part of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and was formerly known as the Military Orthopaedic Hospital.

The new headquarters will be constructed on the site of the former Cyclotron Building within the Hammersmith Hospital campus (pictured) overlooking Wormwood Scrubs in west London.


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