MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences

Hammersmith, London

The Medical Research Council (MRC) London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) project saw the design and construction of a 12,070 m2 new build nine storey biomedical research facility. In collaboration with Imperial College London, the facility meets the Institute’s future needs providing the infrastructure needed to maintain and increase its scientific impact, bringing researchers together under one roof for the first time.

The new state-of-the-art facility houses CL2 laboratories, sophisticated imaging equipment including a confocal microscopy suite and a cryogenic electron microscopy suite, write up spaces, public engagement spaces including a 120-person seminar room and cafe, a data centre and a central open atrium with feature stair core.

The new building is on the site of the decommissioned Cyclotron building, an extensive enabling works contract was carried out by Walter Lilly.

The site is located on the Hammersmith Hospital campus, adjacent to the Ark Burlington Danes Academy and Linford Christie Stadium and is on a blue light route. In order to avoid disruption to all surrounding stakeholders, Walter Lilly established effective communications to address issues such as dust, noise, and traffic.  The work was carried out in close cooperation with the Imperial College Hospital Trust (ICHT) and Imperial College London to also ensure access to adjacent buildings was maintained throughout the construction process.

Photographer – ©James Newton


Project credentials


Hammersmith, London


Medical Research Council (MRC)


Project Manager: Turner & Townsend
Architect: Hawkins\Brown, Abell Nepp
PQS: Turner & Townsend
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold, Curtins
Services Engineer: Buro Happold, Briggs & Forrester

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