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The Wellcome Wolfson Building InteriorThe new Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, next to the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB), is an interdisciplinary research facility. It is the latest phase in the configuration of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences and is designed to enhance its internationally recognised excellence in education and research.

The Institute has an internal area of 9,000m², providing accommodation for some 330 members of staff specialising in research into finding cures for eye disease and diabetes, and the development of a global programme to aid understanding of the genetics of complex chronic diseases.

A key design feature of the building is the use of a twin skin exterior envelope. The creation of an external cavity improves the thermal performance of the building and allows service ducts to be located in the void. The removal of bulky services from the internal space creates an inward looking style of building with an open floor plate. The full height central feature atrium becomes a focal point and is designed for, meetings, displays and conferences.

The building is set to achieve an environmental BREEAM rating of Excellent, as it incorporates a range of measures which will lower carbon emissions and deliver a more sustainable building:

  • High insulation and air tightness levels to improve heating efficiency.
  • Double skin external facade to allow pre heating of fresh air and recovery of heat from extract air.
  • Use of photovoltaic cells for energy production.
  • Combined Heat and Power generating engine. 
  • Heat recovery built into all major air handling plant.
  • Extensive use of high efficiency plant, equipment and lighting.
  • Glazing specification optimised to reduce solar heat gain.
  • Extensive sub-metering to support measurement and targeting of energy use.
  • Waste recycling stations.
  • Secure bicycle stands and provision of showering facilities.
  • Rainwater harvesting to facilitate water re-use in building.
  • Use of the Green Guide to Specification and responsible sourcing of materials.

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Key Project Information

  • BREEAM rating is designed to an Excellent standard with a current score of 72.3
  • Basic building cost = Construction Cost/Gross External Area       
  • Basic building cost = £1,906/m² excl VAT
  • Services cost = £763/m² excl VAT
  • External works = £31/m² excl VAT
  • Gross Internal Floor Area = 9,663m²
  • Total area of site = 0.3 hectare
  • Main Function areas –
    • Laboratories 2,124 m²
    • Offices 912 m²
    • Write Up 671 m²
    • Meeting 287 m²
    • Circulation 814 m²
    • Storage 656 m²
  • Predicted electricity consumption (based on Integrated Environmental Solutions modelling) = 90kW/h/m²
  • Predicted fossil fuel consumption = 79kW/h/m²
  • Predicted renewable energy generation = 4.5kW/h/m²
  • Predicted water use = 8.1m3/person/year
  • Predicted % water use to be provided by rainwater = 15%
  • During design development and construction, Building Information Modelling (BIM) was used to create a virtual 'information rich' model of the building.  This allowed services components to be fabricated off site and then assembled in the building.  This improved quality and environmental performance by reducing waste.  During construction the production of waste has been minimised wherever possible and waste has been segregated to maximise recycling opportunities.
  • It is planned to use the building for science open days to showcase biomedical research to schools and society.  This allows public access to the building and shows what takes place inside a University research facility.  The use of BIM is piloted to see if information in the model may be used for facilities maintenance.  A 'medicinal garden' will be in place to provide information on plants that have been used to treat illnesses.