Auditory Research Centre

Design for new specialist laboratories, research, technology and workshop facilities within existing refurbished buildings and a new 1,350m2 building for the University College of London, was secured by WGI through a successful OJEU submission with a design team led by the firm. UCL's brief for the design of what was only the second such facility in the world, incorporated provision of bespoke research facilities within a poor quality congested city centre site to a limited budget, a programme to meet the funding requirements, and retention of a Grade II listed chapel.
WGI's evaluation study identified that new-build works could be reduced, providing only for much needed specialist laboratory function space - with existing buildings being utilised for offices and teaching areas. The innovative design solution reflected this, providing all of the accommodation required in an exciting design form around a central atrium and successfully bringing together a wide range of laboratory types in a very compact layout, promoting interaction between research groups.

Date: 2004
Location: Camden, London
Client: University College London
Value: £12m
Service: Architecture: Full Design