Wolfson Wing Centre

King's College London appointed WGI to provide full architectural services for an innovative new laboratory building, based on an established relationship. The building was located on a densely developed, inner city operational site adjacent to a conservation area, and within an area of high archaeological interest. The facility also had to provide accommodation for multi user research groups. The 3,500m2 centre - funded by a £12 million grant from the Wolfson Foundation - includes ACDP, level 2 laboratory and lab support areas, offices, amenity and seminar accommodation.
WGI achieved an innovative atrium solution linking the new building to the existing medical school on all four levels, as well as facilitating user interaction within the building. Laboratories are modular to aid flexibility and future expansion. A thermal stack effect provides natural ventilation to non-laboratory areas. Because of the building's north-south orientation, louvre shading reduces morning heat gain/ambient temperature rise. And a decaying service yard has been regenerated sympathetically with its urban surroundings.

 

Date: 2001
Location: Southwark, London
Client: Kings College London
Value: £12m
Service: Architecture: Full Design