ISG has been chosen as the preferred contractor to construct a £70 million biomedical hub at Imperial College London.
The Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub is one of the flagship buildings at the college’s White City Campus – a new 23-acre district dedicated to research and innovation in science, engineering, medicine and business.
Construction work on the 14-storey arrow-shaped facility, which is due to be completed in 2019, will feature a hybrid concrete and steel frame structure.
A full-height steel frame nose cone, forming the apex of the arrow, will house the building’s complex mechanical and electrical services infrastructure.
Graham Stark, development director for the White City Campus at Imperial College London, said: “Driving collaboration across research disciplines for the benefit of society is fundamental to Imperial’s strategy.
“The Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Hub is an immensely exciting step forward in achieving this ambition. By supporting new research partnerships to bring about world-changing advances in medical technology, the Hub will help people affected by a diverse range of medical conditions.
“The facility is integral to the College’s vision for the wider White City Campus, which will provide new space for Imperial, its partners and businesses to help address some of the world’s greatest challenges.”
The Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Hub’s internal design will showcase the construction materials used to create the structure and high-end concrete finishes will feature throughout the building, with exposed soffits, walls and columns. In line with Imperial’s commitment to sustainability, the new Hub will aim to achieve a BREEAM Very Good environmental performance rating and the scheme will be delivered in BIM to Level 2 maturity.
Danny Blakeston, managing director of ISG’s engineering services business, said: “Securing our latest major project for Imperial at the White City Campus is a major achievement for the business. It cements our reputation as a specialist in the delivery of highly-engineered spaces.
“The new Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub is a highly-flexible research facility that will play a key role in the development of Imperial’s newest campus in west London.”