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Old September 7th, 2010, 05:05 PM   #41
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good news, now our future health lies in the fate of "local democracy"
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Old September 7th, 2010, 11:01 PM   #42
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not in my back yard mentality in full swing it seems...I would like to know where they locals would suggest to put a building like this?
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Old September 7th, 2010, 11:07 PM   #43
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not in my back yard mentality in full swing it seems...I would like to know where they locals would suggest to put a building like this?
Especially when the Wellcome Trust and UCL are only up the road.

I suppose the nimbys don't want to be treated there now do they
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Old September 8th, 2010, 01:29 AM   #44
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Do some of the 'readers' believe scientists lick the petri dishes before the leave and have no sense of how to do something they've been trained to do.
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Old December 19th, 2010, 12:10 AM   #45
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Plans approved for UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation

-- Link to Wellcome Trust --

Plans to build a world-leading medical research institute at St Pancras in London have been approved by councillors at Camden Town Hall. The UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI), designed by the architects HOK with PLP Architecture, will have 1500 staff, including 1250 scientists.

UKCMRI is founded by the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and UCL (University College London).

The members of the Development Control Committee voted in favour of the £500 million project at a meeting at the Town Hall on 16 December.

Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, Harpal Kumar, welcomed the decision: "The councillors have brought this institute significantly closer to reality. It will help to tackle some of the most difficult scientific and medical questions - bringing benefits to health and helping us to treat and beat diseases that affect us all, including cancers, heart disease and stroke, infections and diseases of the immune and nervous systems. It will bring benefits to health and be a national resource for the training and development of scientists. It will engage the public in its work and will provide educational benefits to schools locally and nationally."

Sir David Cooksey, Chairman of UKCMRI, added: "UKCMRI will harness the talent and potential of doctors, nurses, biologists, mathematicians, physicists, chemists, computer scientists and engineers to understand the underlying causes of disease. This will accelerate our ability to treat disease - bringing benefits to patients through the NHS and to the economy by developing a sector in which the UK already excels."

In October, the Government gave its commitment to UKCMRI by confirming its investment in the project through the Medical Research Council. Prime Minister David Cameron announced that UKCMRI would have a central role in the Government's National Infrastructure Plan to ensure the UK remains a world leader in science and research. Over half the funds are being contributed by Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and UCL.

The construction of UKCMRI is expected to begin in the spring with completion in 2015.
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CABE review gives support for UKCMRI designs (29th Oct)

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The architectural watchdog, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment have given their backing to the designs for UKCMRI - a world-leading medical research institute proposed for St Pancras in London.

The designs - produced by a collaboration between the architects HOK with PLP Architecture - will be considered by the London Borough of Camden's Development Control Committee on 16 December.

In a review of the design submitted in UKCMRI's planning application, CABE describe how the "overall building composition and character is appropriate to its use and context".

CABE say "at the urban scale, the level of activity and accessibility achieved at ground level is likely to animate the street and engage the local community".

The review praises the efforts to "to create a strong sense of engagement with the public realm and local community by locating the public functions at street level and proposing a generous public realm, with an active ground level around the building's edge. The green space and community health facility on Ossulston Street and the active uses fronting Brill Street are particularly positive."

CABE also welcome the proposed east-west pedestrian link, along the south of the building which "encourages permeability and animation of the streets to the north and south".

John Cooper, the Interim UKCMRI Chief Executive, said: "We're delighted that CABE have given their support for the designs for UKCMRI. CABE have recognised the efforts we have made to create a building in which great science will be carried out, which responds to the strong architectural heritage of the area, and embodies the national and international role UKCMRI will play." The designs have evolved in response to consultation with local people, the London Borough of Camden and statutory consultees including CABE.

"We wanted a building that will be both a part of the local community and an international research centre," John Cooper added. "The striking design by HOK and PLP Architecture succeeds in creating a wonderful building that encourages excellent science, engages the public, and is environmentally sustainable."

David King from HOK added: "CABE have described as 'compelling' the design of the laboratories around generous social spaces. We have deliberately designed a building which will bring together different scientific disciplines and encourage valuable interaction and collaboration, to create an environment in which new ideas are generated, shared and tested."

Fred Pilbrow from PLP Architecture added: "We're grateful for CABE's endorsement of the design for UKCMRI which seeks both to reflect its role as a national centre for science whilst at the same time remaining sensitive to the qualities of its historic context. CABE's input into the design evolution of the project has made a positive difference to the quality of the final design."
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Old December 19th, 2010, 12:16 AM   #46
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In regard to the public realm It could be an interesting place for statues and monuments to medicine as apposed to some glowing sticks ( art ) which mean about zilch to most people.
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Old December 19th, 2010, 02:35 PM   #47
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It is baffling that anyone could have opposed this. Great news to see Camden have seen sense.
Seems quite a long construction period (Spring '11 to 2015). Approx 4 years, maybe more.
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Old December 19th, 2010, 05:35 PM   #48
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Seems quite a long construction period (Spring '11 to 2015). Approx 4 years, maybe more.
Nature of construction, as it will house Bio Hazard material of the most dangerous kind, in state of the art containment labs...(smallpox,anthrax,swine flu, etc,etc)...

Security levels will be insane...

Building stuff like that isnt easy or cheap.....
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Old January 20th, 2011, 11:58 PM   #49
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No 10 'interfered to push through £600m plan for virus superlab'

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Campaigners against a maximum security "superlab" in the heart of London are calling for a parliamentary inquiry claiming that there was political interference in the bidding process. The UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, behind the British Library in St Pancras, will be capable of containing flu viruses, malaria, tuberculosis, cancer cells and HIV.

Residents living close to the centre are calling for an inquiry into the £600 million project after Cabinet Office emails, seen by the Standard, revealed that the previous government was keen to "make it happen" before the tendering process had closed. They also claim Camden council failed to inform residents fully of the severity of the diseases to be tested at the 3.6 acre site and is stonewalling their questions.

Today, it can be revealed that in July 2007, Jeremy Heywood, a Cabinet Office civil servant, emailed officials, including the Department of Health and the Chief Scientific Officer, stating: "The PM (Gordon Brown) is very keen to make sure the government departments are properly co-ordinated on this project - and that if there is a consensus that this is indeed an exciting project, then we do what we can to make it happen."

The email, released under the Freedom of Information Act, was sent the week before the first bids were due in and six weeks before the shortlist was finalised. Other documents reveal that among 27 competing proposals for the site were a multi-faith centre and hundreds of affordable homes in a borough with 18,000 people on its housing waiting list. Both of these proposals complied with Camden's brief for the site, but it is alleged the superlab initially did not.

Resident Robert Henderson, a retired civil servant, 63, said: "Camden went against their own original plan for a mixed-use development. There's been political interference with the bidding process as well as the grave security issues. There should be a parliamentary inquiry because £250 million of public money is at stake."

Camden council strongly denies there was any government influence over the tendering process. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, approved the research centre on Friday, saying it would attract "the best scientific minds to the capital".

The consortium behind it includes the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and the Wellcome Trust. There is no suggestion of any wrong-doing over the tendering process.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 06:23 PM   #50
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Nature of construction, as it will house Bio Hazard material of the most dangerous kind, in state of the art containment labs...(smallpox,anthrax,swine flu, etc,etc)...

Security levels will be insane...

Building stuff like that isnt easy or cheap.....
You literally plucked those comments out of your arse
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Old January 22nd, 2011, 04:28 PM   #51
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You literally plucked those comments out of your arse

Maybe he did, but he's right isn't he? There will be extra complexity of construction due to the unique purpose of the building and the activities housed within, and this will indeed merit a longer than normal construction period.

Why don't you stop being a nasty and overly critical ****, and just stick to just being a mildly cheeky one? Or infact, here's an idea, why not just make a constructive comment that benefits the thread...
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Old January 24th, 2011, 11:49 PM   #52
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Maybe he did, but he's right isn't he? There will be extra complexity of construction due to the unique purpose of the building and the activities housed within, and this will indeed merit a longer than normal construction period.

Why don't you stop being a nasty and overly critical ****, and just stick to just being a mildly cheeky one? Or infact, here's an idea, why not just make a constructive comment that benefits the thread...
Presenting guesses as facts doesn't contribute to the thread. I'm sorry, but it just really annoyed me.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 12:12 PM   #53
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Laing O’Rourke appointed as UKCMRI main contractor (11th March)

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The UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI) - a charitable medical research institute at St Pancras in central London – has appointed Laing O’Rourke as its main contractor.

Plans for the proposed institute were approved by the London Borough of Camden at a meeting in December and agreed by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in January. Construction work is expected to begin on the site in late Spring.

The pioneering laboratories will become a world class facility for medical research with 1,500 staff, strengthening the UK's reputation as a centre for excellence for medical science and helping to maintain the country’s competitiveness in science and healthcare. The institute is being built within the exceptional cluster of biomedical research already carried out in Camden. It will bring together biologists, chemists, physicists, engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians with some of the UK’s leading hospitals to focus in new ways on understanding the underlying causes of health and disease.

The UKCMRI charity has been founded by the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and UCL (University College London). The institute will combine scientists from Cancer Research UK’s London Research Institute at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the MRC’s National Institute for Medical Research and UCL.

UKCMRI’s Chief Executive, Sir Paul Nurse said: “This extraordinary development will play a key role in understanding and tackling diseases that affect people across the UK. It is a complex building designed to promote creative and collaborative research to study these problems.”

UKCMRI’s Construction Director Andy Smith added: “After a lengthy and detailed evaluation process, Laing O’Rourke was chosen as the main contractor for the development of UKCMRI. The Laing O’Rourke bid scored the highest technically and commercially of the tenders received and represented the best value for money. Laing O’Rourke has a superb track record in delivering such complicated projects. We are very pleased to be working with them.”

Commenting on the appointment, Roger Robinson, Chief Executive of Laing O’Rourke’s Europe hub, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to deliver this transformational project in the heart of central London. We look forward to working with UKCMRI to deliver a state-of-the-art medical research facility that will drive advances in the prevention and treatment of diseases. The Laing O’Rourke team has the right blend of technical expertise and construction resources required to ensure delivery of such a world-class project. Our comprehensive understanding of the local issues and commitment to the key stakeholders involved will be instrumental in meeting this complex engineering challenge.”

UKCMRI and Laing O’Rourke are creating a community liaison group to meet monthly to ensure the views of local people on the building process are heard and to ensure residents are kept up-to-date on the progress of the development. Sir Paul Nurse said: “We are determined this institute will be a good neighbour to local people. Over the last three years we have had an ongoing programme of community consultation which will continue as building work begins. UKCMRI has agreed with the Council a package of benefits for local people worth around £10million – with initiatives to improve health and homes, employment and education, community safety and the environment.”
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O’Rourke wins prized £350m superlab contract (2nd March)

-- Link to Construction Enquirer article --

Laing O’Rourke has secured the biggest publicly-funded building job to be bid in London this year.

The project to build a new national nerve centre for biomedical research next to St Pancras International station is shrouded in secrecy. Firms have been reluctant to talk about bids because of strict confidentiality clauses.

But the Enquirer understands that Laing O’Rourke has just won the main contract for the superlab after pitting its wits against rival teams from Mace/McAlpine, Bovis, Bam and Skanska.

Laing O’Rourke secured the £40m concrete basement package of the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation several weeks ago.

Since then it has been on tenterhooks to find out whether its main bid to run the entire four-year long job was also succesful.

An insider told the Enquirer: “Everybody involved appears to have taken a vow of silence but Laing has won the entire job.

“It’s very strange that the client is keeping it under such tight wraps, particularly because it is publicly funded and advertised in the Offical Journal.”

Plans to build the 80,000 sq m centre for biomedical research were unveiled by then prime minister Gordon Brown in a fanfare of publicity as one of the world’s largest centres of biomedical research.

The UKCMRI is expected to attract the brightest and best scientific minds to the capital to work on cures for cancer, heart disease and degenerative conditions linked to ageing.

Main construction on the building designed by architects HOK with PLP Architecture is expected to start in a May and take about two years to complete.

A further two years will be spent fitting out the institute, installing equipment to run building services for advanced laboratories.

The building’s vaulted roof is arranged into two shells and will be fitted with solar panels.

A third of the building will be below ground to reduce its visible mass.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 05:41 PM   #54
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I think this is going to be great for the area. The location is great for the proximity with local institutions. I really like the new design (not the one higher up on this page, which I think it the old design). I wonder what will become of the old victorian buildings in Mill Hill which currently house the centre.
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has this had a re-design or modifications since the original latest plans were released (some time ago)?
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I get a bit confused about what designs people are referring too, the tower block one or the curved roof one. The latter one is being built I think, check out the website:

http://www.ukcmri.ac.uk/the-project/the-building
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Great website, this is a pretty good building and with it maybe the Prevention of future diseases which is a good thing. Any way what is the worst that can happen ...
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Very exciting news - this will link up a lot of the infrastructure between the BL, St Pancras Hotel and the New Kings Cross across to King's place. Central Lodndon has moved ever so slightly North East.
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Construction begins at the UKCMRI, recently renamed The Francis Crick Institute

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The Institute honours one of the United Kingdom's greatest scientists renowned for collaborative and innovative research and discoveries in biology and medicine including the identification and significance of the molecular structure of DNA. The Director and Chief Executive of UKCMRI, Paul Nurse said, "Francis Crick...embodied the qualities of collaboration, creativity and tenacity we would Like to instill within the culture of the institute to be named for him."

The institute is founded by four of the world's leading medical research organisations: the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and UCL (University College London). In April, Imperial College London and King's College London signalled their intention to to join the partnership.

PLP Architecture was invited to collaborate with HOK on the development of the design with a particular focus on external massing, elevations and public realm. The building creates a state-of-the-art research centre that supports the scientific goals of the institute and promotes public engagement. The design respects the architectural heritage of the local area and its large civic neighbours to the south and east - St. Pancras International and the British Library - and the smaller scale residential buildings of Sommers Town to the north and west.

The distinctive vaulted roof recalls the form of the adjacent Barlow Shed at St Pancras International; the delicate engineering of the roof contrasts with the robust masonry at the base of the building which creates richly textured elevations at street level. Innovative architectural and engineering design will deliver a highly sustainable building.
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The institute is founded by four of the world's leading medical research organisations: the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and UCL (University College London). In April, Imperial College London and King's College London signalled their intention to to join the partnership.

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