University College London

Queens Square House and Anatomy Building

Consistently placed within the global top 20 universities, UCL is a world-leader in both research and education.

 

QUEENS SQUARE HOUSE

This project within UCL’s Queen Square House was set across three floors and included the refurbishment and remodelling of existing space, creating Cat 2 labs, offices, microscope rooms and welfare facilities.

 

ANATOMY BUILDING

The Anatomy Building was a complex project that required refurbishment work to be undertaken across first floor, basement and sub-basement levels. Our delivery required diligent logistical programme planning and management, together with strong communication, flexibility, collaboration and liaison with key stakeholders and estates department to safely and successfully deliver this scheme.

The project delivered a range of varying laboratory facilities for the University, including a specialist ‘fish room’ where Zebrafish were to be studied. Meeting spaces, write-up areas and storage spaces were some of the other key spaces provided.

As part of providing the new ‘fish room’ on the basement level, we were required to deliver new plant to supply this space in the sub-basement level. This presented a major challenge, when upon investigation of the sub-basement, we found that the concrete encased steel columns were corroding due to flooding that had previously occurred through the building’s history. The room was also found to have extensive asbestos levels, which resulted in a professional strip out over a two week period that included overnight working.

An interesting piece of design within the project was the provision of bespoke gold cladding on a steel frame, designed to hide further plant, hosted in clear view of an entrance outside the building. The specialist cladding featured a binary DNA pattern of the zebrafish and provides an exciting focal point.

KEY POINTS:

  • Two separate laboratory projects undertaken for University College London
  • Creation of fully serviced laboratories
  • Creation of new offices, microscope rooms and tissue culture rooms
  • Live and fully occupied sites

LOCATION:
London

VALUE:

Queens Square House
£1.5m

Anatomy Building
£3.2m

PRINCIPAL CONSULTANTS:
WSP, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Potter Raper, AECOM

PROJECT DURATION:

Queens Square House
24 weeks

Anatomy Building
54 weeks

An excellent and professionally run project, delivered to meet all client expectations and requirement. Well done!

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