The Francis Crick Institute, one of Europe’s largest biomedical and translational research centers, has been named R&D Magazine’s 2017 Laboratory of the Year.
The Francis Crick Institute represents a paradigm shift for biomedical research in the UK and the global research community. Named after Francis Crick, the scientist who helped discover the structure of DNA, the institute is a landmark partnership between the UK’s three largest funders of biomedical research – the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and the Wellcome Trust- and three of its leading universities: University College London, Imperial College London and King’s College London.
The building, planned by a team led by the architects HOK working with PLP Architecture, is designed to foster innovation by allowing collaboration between different academic disciplines, including biologists, chemists, physicists, engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians.
The facility is divided into four lab neighborhoods connected by two atria. The atria cross at the center of the building to create a hub with break areas, informal collaboration space, a large central stair and a concierge serving the entire floor. Walkways and informal meeting areas crisscross the main atrium and connect neighborhoods. The atria bring daylight into all of the labs and other spaces. Glass walls allow for views into labs, promoting transparency and openness. Unless specific functions require closed walls, lab neighborhoods are open to encourage interaction and collaboration.
Dortek designed and installed more than 500 bespoke hygienic doors and automation systems throughout the facility. Our doors were essential for providing safe, convenient access and fire protection across hazardous areas. The ultra hygienic construction of our doors also makes them ideally suited to research laboratories which are sensitive to contamination. Our doors have a seamless, inorganic GRP door blade, which is non absorbent to prevent bacteria from harbouring.