Cell Therapy Laboratories

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

The Cellular Therapeutics unit is a highly specialist facility that was in urgent need of increased capacity. This was a single project in three phases to provide that capacity.

Phase One provided new stage one gowning area, product storage and cell processing laboratories without disruption to the existing services.

Phase Two provided a new steel frame building on the ground floor of an enclosed four storey light well. Due to the location of this new facility, we were not able to utilise a crane. Therefore demolition was undertaken manually and materials and plant were manually handled into place throughout.

The building was designed to house new Cat B research laboratories, built to the client’s unique specification.

The project required the installation of sophisticated air handling units linked to a complex mechanical and electrical design. Units were mounted underneath the concrete ceiling, connected to the roof top plant room, before this area was sealed and the five individual laboratories were formed.

Phase Three saw the final consolidation of the unit, to enable the production of genetically modified cells. The specialist facility now offers reduced operating costs whilst facilitating retention of UK operating licences.

Featuring a very high specification, the new laboratories now showcase leading world class facilities where exemplary design, high specification and faultless installation culminate in an impeccable finish.


  • High specialist research facility
  • Steel frame
  • Phased refurbishment
  • Increased facility capacity
  • Reduced running costs
  • Cat B research laboratories



WT Partnership, AECOM, AHP Architects

40 weeks

“Many contractors claim they aim to hand over a snag free project, but today is the first time in my career that I’ve seen it…you are to be congratulated on a job well done!”

Matthew Russell
AHP Architects

“Congratulations to all of you in helping us deliver this project on time; I expect it to be the first of many.”

Dr Mark W Lowdell
Director of Cellular Therapy


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