The Centre for Tropical & Infectious Diseases, Liverpool Liverpool, UK
The Centre for Tropical & Infectious Diseases is the UK’s leading specialist research centre for microbial diseases. North-facing on Pembroke Place, the new facility provides 7,000m² of laboratory, write-up and office space, set over four floors. The development brings back a significant area of brownfield land into productive use.
The design features a complex configuration of laboratories in glass boxes, as well as internal glass walls, enabling daylight to penetrate to the core of the building. Horizontal slot glazing and external aluminium fins give the building a strong horizontal emphasis which disguises the large heights required for a scientific building.
The Centre was given a contemporary design, with the laboratories buried in the middle, and write-up spaces and offices around the perimeter. The circulation around the building is in ‘race-track’ form, increasing the links between staff, visitors and research. A disused Victorian railway tunnel below ground affected where the structure could be placed. Sustainability was a key concern, so prefabricated and modular components were used where possible to minimise waste. Ground-breaking research on malaria vector control, as part of a £50m grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be undertaken at CTID, as well as other research for tropical and infectious diseases.
- The Centre for Tropical & Infectious Diseases
- Shepherd Construction
- 7,200 m2