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Queen Mary Bioenterprises Innovation Centre, UK

NBBJ

The Queen Mary Bioenterprise Innovation Centre is an exciting fusion of commercial research and higher education.

The 'incubator' provides modern, highly adaptable laboratory and office space for life science start-up companies, together with education facilities including a lecture theatre for Queen Mary, University of London. The two worlds of education and commerce meet and inspire each other within the building. At the same time the building plays a key role in the regeneration of Whitechapel, creating a sensitive transition from university campus to residential conservation area. The shared ground and lower ground floor, connected by double height spaces allowing daylight deep into the building, accommodate meeting facilities, university offices, lecture theatre, breakout space and a public cafe. Above a distinct brass clad volume contains the innovation centre. Its facade design is unique in that it utilises one material (deeply perforated sheets of brass) to provide shading and the first line of defence against all weathers - UV light, rain, wind and physical impact - while creating a contextual facade that relates to the historic surrounding. Simultaneously it creates a memorable, innovative image for the new centre and the University. The use of brass ensures that its typical, characteristic ageing further enhances the appearance of the building over time. It will gradually mellow from golden-red to darker shades of red and brown. The depth of the material and deep frames around each panel create rich shadow play and colour variations. The deep perforation enhances the stiffness of the sheets allowing for less material to be used. Combined with a wall construction of prefabricated cross laminated timber panels, excellent shading performance and very high recycled copper content, the brass sheets offer a highly sustainable cladding solution. Project Manager - Miller Construction Services Structural Engineer - AKT M & E Engineer - NDY Main Contractor - Walter Lilly Cladding Specialist - James & Taylor Cladding Installer - EAG Solid Timber Panels - Eurbanf

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Building

Owner: 
QM Bioenterprises, Queen Mary, University of London
Completion date: 
2008
Country: 
United Kingdom
Zip code: 
E1 1HH
City: 
London
Street: 
New Road

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Transparent structures
Type of building: 
Health and social care
Office buildings
Cultural
Educational
Copper used: 
Classic
Brass
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
NBBJ
Address & description: 
The Clove Building 4-6 Maguire Street London SE1 2NQ

Copper contractors

Title: 
Cladding Specialist - James & Taylor

Awards

Season: 
2009

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