London Institute of Medical Sciences

London Institute of Medical Sciences

The LIMS building has been constructed on the constrained Hammersmith Hospital Campus to provide state-of-the-art laboratories.

Higher Education - London

Project Overview

The new eight storey RC framed building, plus 2 storey roof top plant, is located on the Hammersmith Hospital Campus on the footprint of the demolished cyclotron building. The building is approximately 12,310m2 GIA, excluding plant, and contains CL2 labs, write-up space and CBS facility and support functions.

  • Constructing Excellence SECBE Award Winner 2023 for Integration and Collaborative Working

Services we provided:

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Client:

Medical Research Council (MRC) & Imperial College London (ICL)

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The Challenge

The building is located on a constrained site within the wider Hammersmith Hospital site. There were significant ground obstructions from an existing cyclotron building, areas of the existing concrete in the ground were contaminated with radiation and required a specialist removal.

Our Solution

Curtins proposed an alternative substructure design to remove risk from the construction and design coordination process as part of the winning bid with Walter Lilly. The original piled foundation layout consisted of discreet pile caps with heavy transfer structures spanning over ground obstructions, by standardising the substructure layout we created more flexibility with pile locations and the ability to easily incorporate any necessary design changes. This created more cost certainty and removed risk from design changes affecting on-site programme. The superstructure consists of an RC frame with flat slabs with exposed concrete soffits. Where there are vibration sensitive areas local stiffening in the form of down-stand concrete beams have been incorporated.

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