MRC Harwell is an international leader in Medical Research. Designed by BMJ Architects, the £2.3m training facility, which is named Advance, offers specialist courses for scientists and researchers at all levels.
The project involved the transformation of an existing building, including significant upgrades to the façade and remedial works, as well as the infilling of an external courtyard to provide extra floor space. Internally, the space was reconfigured to provide laboratories, practical training rooms, meeting areas and breakout spaces. Additional car parking, and hard and soft landscaping also formed part of the brief.
Given the high-tech nature of the centre, an advanced mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) package had to be developed to meet the client’s exacting needs. Specialist downdraft benches, which extract dust and fumes from workspaces, were also sourced and installed in the training laboratories.
The 14-month project was completed in September 2020 with the majority of the works taking place throughout the pandemic and while adhering to new health and safety rules.
The Advance training centre is the fourth development LST has delivered for the Medical Research Council.