News > Knowledge Capital at New London Architecture

25 April 2018

We are very pleased to be taking part in New London Architecture’s upcoming exhibition and insight study Knowledge Capital. This explores ‘the transformation of London’s education and medical sector estate’ and in doing so showcases ‘new technology and ground-breaking design to deliver enhanced teaching, research and health service facilities for all Londoners.’ The study also incorporates key districts in the East and South East outside of the Capital. It will take in a number of existing, new and hybrid building typologies being designed and built on university campuses, science parks and hospital estates, including research centres, incubators and innovation centres.

Aukett Swanke has extensive experience in the education, health and workplace sectors and is pioneering new building typologies and evolving existing ones. We look to bring together all three sectors to address the growing demand for flexible, agile spaces that can accommodate research, education and commercial activities.

We have six projects in the study including the master plan for the Imperial West Campus for Imperial College London of which the Molecular Science Research Hub formed the second phase. The MSRH includes high specification technical and laboratory areas clustered around a full height atrium, establishing a positive transparency which reveals the hub’s inner workings and encourages the physical and visual connectivity fundamental to innovative research. The Bradfield Centre at Cambridge Science Park creates a collaborative entrepreneurial community of technology start-ups and scale-ups with scalable, immersive, state-of-the-art facilities. This facility will become a focal point for Cambridge’s ever-expanding technology cluster.

Project Sapphire in Granta Park, Cambridge, creates space for a leading international biotechnology company to operate in a flexible environment. It is also future proofed for potential laboratory use. Plot 420 in Cambridge Science Park has a clear internal strategy. It defines bespoke laboratory use and associated write-up office space, while a central agile space provides flexibility for operations to expand and contract over time. We are also undertaking ongoing research and development with a view to developing a more market attuned typology for the speculative laboratory. This is evidenced by Building 16 - an in-house R&D initiative. The study looks at planning grid, structure and servicing to create a cost effective, sustainable low energy environment which is flexible at the outset and adaptable in the future.

The exhibition opens on 4th May at the Building Centre, London W1, and will run until Saturday 7th July alongside a three-month programme of debates, talks and visits.

A visual of the Imperial West Campus master plan, looking towards the Molecular Science Research Hub

The completed Molecular Sciences Research Hub

The Bradfield Centre

Project Sapphire

A visual of Plot 420 in Cambridge Science Park

A visual of the Building 16 research and development project




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