Micheal Uren Building London

Micheal Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub, London

This research hub forms part of Imperial College London’s White City Campus housing flexible accommodation for biomedical sciences and engineering.

Higher Education - London

Project Overview

This project provided a new building that forms part of Imperial College London’s White City Campus, housing flexible accommodation for translational research initiatives at the interface of biomedical sciences and engineering.

The 375,000 sq ft building comprises fourteen floors for dedicated research or with flexibility to be used as generic lab facilities or as office write up space.

The building houses research laboratories, an outpatient clinic, a 150-seat auditorium, a large lecture theatre is located on level 12 and a series of social spaces.

Services we provided:

  • Civils & StructuresCivils & Structures
  • Transport PlanningTransport Planning
  • EnvironmentalEnvironmental


Imperial College

We worked with:

Architect: Allies & Morrison

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The Challenge

Curtins were to propose a design in response to the architect's driver for visual concrete.

Our Solution

We explored a number of structural framing options in our appraisal including reinforced concrete, steel frames and precast concrete construction. In addition to the general form of construction we have also explored alternative structural grid arrangements. For each option we studied the vibration and deflection performance of the floor slab. We also identified the uplift of structure in order to achieve the vibration criteria of R=1 for each option.
The frame agreed and used was reinforced concrete. The 14th floor uses a steel frame structure to articulate a triangular geometry and integrate a recessed BMU unit.

Micheal Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub, London

Project Highlights

  • Front nose cone is a steel frame with flow forge decking to allow ultimate flexibility for mechanical plant and maximum air intake.

  • Specialist vibration analysis required to ensure quality MRI Units can be accommodated.

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