Imperial College London - Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Bessemer Building, SW7 London, UK
The Bessemer Building project involved a complete strip back to its original structure, an overhaul of its existing services and a complete fit-out throughout. The original front façade was replaced with storey-height glazed cladding, and a new main entrance to the building was created.
The ambience of the space was dramatically improved through the use of full-height glazing, in lieu of the original solid partitions, and by combining and opening small cellular spaces into larger open-plan areas. These spaces can be expanded or contracted by adding or removing partitions to accommodate future needs.
In the open-plan wet laboratories, benching and storage are fully relocatable and modular in lengths, depths and heights, to allow space to be reconfigured and adapted with ease.
In the dry and general labs, where complete flexibility was not a requirement due to the smaller and more cellular nature of the laboratories (required for containment purposes), a fixed cantilever bench system was selected with removable tops, to enable future equipment installation.
All shelving and under-bench storage units are movable and transferable.
- 3,700 m2