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Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine

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Project Info

  • Project Category:
    Further Education
  • Project Name:
    Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine
  • Client:
    Queen’s University Belfast
  • Location:
    97 Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 7BL, N.I.
  • Architect:
    Ostick & Williams

Project Overview

The new Centre for Experimental Medicine Interdisciplinary Research facility, next to the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB), is the latest phase in the configuration of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences and is designed to enhance its internationally recognised excellence in education and research.

The facility provides accommodation for 330 members of staff specialising in research into finding cures for eye disease and diabetes, and the development of a global programme to aid understanding of the genetics of complex chronic diseases.

The development provides approximately 7,300m² over four floors in two accommodation blocks, which are linked by internal walkways across an atrium space at each floor, facilitating the collaboration between research groups.  

It is based on the creation of generic biomedical research accommodation, involving large flexible labs with secondary lab and equipment areas, Principal Investigator offices, research staff write-up areas, and support space. The design allows for space within the building to be adapted to suit the changing requirements of research groups on the campus.

The new building is based on the provision of generic bio-medical science labs, with the ability to allow the building to be adapted to suit the changing requirements and numbers of lab spaces and support areas in the future. The building reaches out to the wider campus, encouraging interaction not just through the research teams but also those working in adjacent facilities.

The target for the University was an ambitious 21% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 against a 2008 base year. In order to meet this low carbon mission we utilized renewable and low carbon technologies through-out the building, resulting in a low energy efficiency rating below 40. Renewable and low carbon technologies includes; ground source heat pumps, wind turbines, photovoltaic panels, solar water heating panels and a high efficiency gas boiler.

The double skin façade increases the energy efficiency of the building by enhancing thermal values and preheat air for the HVAC system.

We also carefully planned waste management on site through-out the procurement of the project. 

Key Features

  • CEF 2015 Winner Health & Education Infastructure Award
  • Bronze CCS award
  • Excellent BREEAM rating
  • Traditional Procurement Route; JCT with Quantities 2005
  • Live University Health Estates Campus adjacent to Belfast City Hospital & residential area
  • Tight, confined site
  • Facilities includes; large flexible labs with secondary lab & equipment areas, Principal Investigator offices, research staff write-up areas, lecture theatres & support space
  • Diversion/Installation of utilities; water, electricity & gas
  • EPC rating of below 40
  • Air tightness rating of less than 3 m 3 /h/m 2 @ 50 Pa

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