Scientific and technical buildings have always needed to meet stringent criteria
These can include precision in terms of lab conditions. Or environmental issues such as isolating equipment from vibration, acoustic or magnetic interference. Perhaps flexibility to accommodate future unknown equipment and organisational models is key? And specifically, minimisation of operational costs of large and complex systems.
Services we offer for the science and technology sector:
- MEP engineering
- Civil and structural engineering
- Fire Engineering
- Vibration and acoustics
- Specialist lighting
- Waste and logistics
- Interaction modelling
- Equipment and space utilisation analysis
Today’s challenge is different
However, the new challenge is more about precision in terms of interaction. Have you noticed that the real goal these days is ‘accelerated serendipity’? This is one reason, for example, why big science complexes are choosing city centre locations over campuses. And our experience is in designing the right physical environment and social space for ideas to happen, for discoveries to occur, connections to be made and investigations to be undertaken.
Our skill is knowing where in this process money needs to be spent and where it can be saved. How to minimise operating costs and carbon footprint? Or how to build in future flexibility and not let over-bespoke design compromise this? We have a multi-disciplinary team approach which balances seeing the big and changing picture, with the attention to detail so crucial for science.
Innovation never ends
The engineering of science and technology buildings is demanding, as are the expectations placed on the outputs of those buildings. The two go together, and our success with buildings like the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Imperial College’s Michael Uren Building; The Institute of Food Research’s Quadram Building and the Bard College Center for Science and Computation has been equipping the former to deliver the latter.
What works and how you do this is continually evolving. We invest in researching and understanding this, even to the extent of sharing with our some of our competitors since we reason we can each do a better job with a fuller rather than a weaker picture of new trends.
What our clients say:
“They are really good on lab projects, and everything else we build is easier than that, so also well within their capabilities.”
Richard Garfield, Senior Project Manager, Imperial College London