The project sees ISG return to the Imperial’s new 10 ha campus in west London, having completed the £40m Wood Lane Studios postgraduate student accommodation scheme in 2012.
The Department of Chemistry will occupy the campus’ new Molecular Sciences Research Hub, a 10-storey, circa 25,000 m2 structure that Laing O’Rourke is building. Working with the college’s project manager, Turner & Townsend, ISG has been developing the design and programme for the fit-out over a 12-month pre-construction period. Work is now starting on site.
ISG is putting in chemistry laboratories across floors one to six, with 337 fume cupboards. The building’s two basement levels will house specialist laboratory space and a 250-seat lecture theatre. Structural reinforcement is required in the basement to enable ISG to install an advanced Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) suite. A suite of laser and low electric noise laboratories will also be installed in the basement.
Danny Blakeston, managing director of ISG’s Engineering Services business, said: “Our return to the White City Campus to deliver a key element of Imperial’s research and innovation vision reinforces our strong working relationship and specialist credentials in the technical fit out arena. Our early engagement reflects Imperial’s forward thinking approach on this highly-complex and large-scale project, enabling us to collaborate closely and develop an innovative fit out solution that delivers world-class teaching and research facilities.”