Imperial College London

QUANTUM HUB LABORATORIES

Designed to create a suite of revitalised quantum technology laboratories for the College, this project involved complex refurbishment adjacent to highly sensitive research areas.

Delivered across multiple floors, this project provided a new integrated optics laboratory, optomechanics laboratory, preparation / control laboratory and dilation refrigeration room.

Critically, works were restricted due to noise and reverberation impacts to the occupied college, difficult logistical access to two sub basements and working around other main contractors within the same building.

Key Project Deliverables:

  • Intelligently coordinated design – the project was developed by clients appointed design team to RIBA stage 3A.  After appointment we took the design forward and coordinated our own structural, architectural and M&E team.
  • New mezzanine floor works – a new steel frame complete with a concrete mezzanine floor was formed at level zero.
  • Architectural fit out works – comprising of bespoke new acoustic doors, frames, vinyl flooring, Trespa laboratory work benches, storage cabinets and high quality finish decorating.
  • Complex M&E provision – services to facilitate the new laser equipment and plant were stringently reviewed prior to commencement.

H1 FACILITIES

Full refurbishment of the H1 facilities located within ICL’s Hammersmith Campus. The scheme included internal remodelling to provide high quality laboratory refurbishment and surgery suite, by means of room expansion and corridor reduction.

Works were completed adjacent to ‘live’ fully functioning areas and included the installation of high tech M&E, ventilation, lighting and access control.

Key Project Deliverables:

  • Provided decant space to enable SAF works to commence
  • Refurbish the facility, to accommodate predicted animal usage (species/caging)
  • Develop a feasibility option four in detail to include the provision for rabbits and surgery
  • Develop BIM strategy and model for the project
  • Ensure Home Office compliance and EU directive 2010/63 Annexe III

The fit-out works required a high level of MEP services coordination to suit the structural restraints of the building fabric, along with suiting the architectural and specialist equipment layout requirements. Logan utilised their M&E Coordinator to attend onsite M&E workshops, all to timely progress working drawings and technical submissions, to enable long lead procurement items to be placed correctly on order and commence first fix activities to programme.

The project was undertaken within an occupied building, located within the busy Hammersmith Campus, so particular attention and planning was implemented to the logistical requirements of the refurbishment project. This ensured ambulance routes and other campus activities were not comprised.

KEY POINTS:

  • Refurbishment and Internal Remodelling
  • Out of hours works to protect research projects
  • Works undertaken adjacent to fully functioning areas

LOCATION:
London

VALUE:
Quantum Hub Laboratories

£950,000

H1 Facilities

£1.1m

PRINCIPAL CONSULTANTS:
BMJ Architects, Mortimer Isaacs

PROJECT DURATION:
Quantum Hub Laboratories

31 weeks

H1 Facilities

30 weeks

“In a nutshell, the end users and I are very happy with this first class facility. The Logan Construction team delivered fit for purpose, highly serviced Physics research laboratories set over two floors to a very high standard. I would rate as one of the best refurbishments in the Department of Physics in the last decade. The end users and I are extremely satisfied with the end result and we have a Quantum Technologies laboratory facility to be proud of.

I was particularly impressed by the high quality finish and fully coordinated mechanical and electrical installations that was so needed for space. The Logan site team including subcontractors and design team worked very closely and collaboratively throughout the project to achieve all deliverables. It was a challenging project especially during term time with the site in close proximity to a live lecture theatre and Laser laboratories. I was impressed by the Logan site team approach to design challenges and incorporating innovative solutions. A productive lessons learned workshop was also undertaken post completion.

Finally, I would like to extend a genuine thank you to all of the Logan Quantum Technologies team in particular Colin Hart and Marc Terry who were indispensable and professional throughout the project and an absolute pleasure to work with.”

Doug Hudson, Faculty of Natural Sciences

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