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1415 - Institute of Immunity and Transplantation: Pears Building


Delivering a new state of the art centre for research excellence, the Pears Building at London’s Royal Free Hospital comprises world-class laboratory space and adaptable, high-quality facilities for patients and public visitors.

Key features

  • The new 12m deep basement is located within a particularly difficult and sensitive sloping site, which has required extensive ground modelling to justify the new basement will not adversely affect adjacent buildings including a Grade I listed church.
  • Construction of a new exposed concrete framed structure over five storeys, and a two-storey steel frame on top, to replace the existing two storey carpark structure
  • Integration of innovative SuDS strategies into the construction sequence
  • Close collaboration with geotechnical specialists A-Squared to ensure the design has minimal impact to surrounding property by ensuring a maximum damage category of zero on the Burland Scale
  • Strict vibration criteria for the laboratory space
  • The project has been designed to respond sensitively to the surrounding landscape and aims to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating

Photography: © Janey Airey

Client: Royal Free Hospital CharityArchitect: Hopkins Architects

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Andy Heyne
Carmel Lennon