News > Molecular Sciences Research Hub Launches

15 April 2019


Tom Alexander and Umberto Vallini, architect at Aukett Swanke, at Friday's launch


'The UK’s most significant scientific development since the Francis Crick Institute and the largest investment in a university building in 21st century London'

On Friday the 12th of April 2019 Imperial College launched the Molecular Sciences Research Hub, located on its White City campus in West London. It was opened by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the President of Imperial College London, Professor Alice P. Gast. The building, won in a limited design competition in 2012, is the second building that Aukett Swanke have designed and completed on the campus, for which we also designed the north site masterplan in 2009.

The MSRH has evolved to include high specification technical and laboratory areas clustered around a full height atrium that will form the centre piece of Imperial College's White City campus.

The main façade is clad in stone, backlit perforated bronze and triple glazed ventilated curtain walling, creating a calm composition of solids, voids and translucency, facing the new central space. The building establishes a positive transparency, revealing its inner workings and encouraging the physical and visual connectivity that is fundamental to interactive research.

Flexibility, adaptability and sustainability are core features of the design, which also incorporates a flagship research facility - the Centre for Rapid Online Analysis of Reactions (ROAR) – which is the first national centre for the study of reactions, focusing on data-centric chemistry.

Read more here.

The West Facade of the Molecular Sciences Research Hub


A detail of the main atrium space



A timelapse video of the construction of the Molecular Sciences Research Hub courtesy of Imperial College London


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