Qiagen, Citylabs 2.0 Manchester, UK
Sheppard Robson is working with Qiagen, a genomics company that provides a full range of molecular testing applications and produce products to extract, purify and stabilize DNA, RNA and protein from biological samples.
Qiagen selected Sheppard Robson’s Citylabs 2.0 building as their base in Manchester. We were also commissioned to develop the design for the fit-out of laboratory, office and collaboration space.
Sheppard Robson worked with Qiagen to: develop their initial requirements, support them with negotiating a commercial deal with the developer of the building Manchester Science Partnerships, and provide design support. Sheppard Robson also provided the regional Qiagen team with the necessary support to get board level buy-in for the project from the US, as well as forming local collaboration agreements with the University of Manchester and Manchester University NHS Trust.
The facility will accommodate a doubling of staff to around 600, occupying agile, collaborative workspaces and laboratories arranged around Qiagen’s product flows. Workshops are provided for the development and adaptation of technology, as well as an office hub to enable co-working with colleagues from across the globe.
A key part of Qiagen’s brief was to enable collaboration not possible in their current facilities. Sheppard Robson responded by creating a range of workspaces that foster this, with facilities ranging from ‘war rooms’ to virtual meeting rooms. A major staff hub is planned for the ground floor to provide a ‘home’ space for colleagues as well as company-wide ‘town hall’ meetings.
- 9,300 m2