Case Study - The Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub, London, UK

Project data

  • Customer
  • Imperial College London
  • Area
  • 250,000 sq ft
  • Form of contract
  • NEC3 Engineering and Construction
  • Programme duration
  • 130 weeks
  • Completion date
  • August 2019
  • Project Manager
  • Turner & Townsend
  • Architect
  • Allies and Morrison
  • Structural Engineer
  • Curtins
  • M&E Engineer
  • BuroHappold Engineering

Introduction

The Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub is one of the flagship buildings at Imperial College London’s White City Campus, a new 23-acre district dedicated to research and innovation in science, engineering, medicine and business. Designed as a collaborative facility, the Hub will provide space for Imperial’s world-leading researchers, engineers, scientists and clinicians to work alongside one another to address some of the most pressing biomedical and healthcare problems of our time. It will further life-changing research into new and affordable medical technology.

The construction of the Hub has been made possible thanks to a £40 million gift from Imperial alumnus Sir Michael Uren OBE and his foundation – the largest ever donation made to a London university by an alumnus, and one of the largest in the history of any UK higher education institution.

The Michael Uren Building - Imperial College London - ISG
The Michael Uren Building Research - Imperial College London - ISG

The project

The 14-storey arrow-shaped facility will feature a hybrid concrete and steel frame structure. A full-height steel frame nose cone, forming the apex of the arrow, will house the building’s complex mechanical and electrical services infrastructure. A glazed façade with prefabricated and geometrically distinct concrete fins to two elevations will provide solar shading as well as complementing the building’s striking design.

The Hub will incorporate a clinical facility side-by-side with multidisciplinary laboratories and offices for translational research initiatives.

“Driving collaboration across research disciplines for the benefit of society is fundamental to Imperial’s strategy. The Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Hub is an immensely exciting step forward in achieving this ambition. By supporting new research partnerships to bring about world-changing advances in medical technology, the Hub will help people affected by a diverse range of medical conditions. he facility is integral to the College’s vision for the wider White City Campus, which will provide new space for Imperial, its partners and businesses to help address some of the world’s greatest challenges.”

Graham Stark, Development Director for the White City Campus at Imperial College London