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Sir Michael Uren Hub, White City

Allies and Morrison's 13- storey tower for Imperial College provides state-of-the-art labs for biomedical science and engineering research

Sir Michael Uren Hub.
Sir Michael Uren Hub. Credit: Allies and Morrison

Allies and Morrison for Imperial College London
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 18,150m2

Providing state-of-the-art labs for biomedical science and engineering research, this 13-storey tower fills a challenging triangular plot and presents a strong front to the elevated Westway.

It was funded by the late Sir Michael Uren, who pioneered the use of GGBS to make low-carbon cement – referenced in the elegant veils of concrete fins that shade the two long facades.

As end-users were not all known at the outset the building had to be flexible. Its plan is beautifully clear, with plant stacked at the thin end of the plot to service individual floors, labs located close by and offices at the widest end of the triangle. High ceilings and big windows mean all spaces are well lit, with fantastic views over the White City campus.

  • Sir Michael Uren Hub.
    Sir Michael Uren Hub. Credit: Allies and Morrison
  • Sir Michael Uren Hub.
    Sir Michael Uren Hub. Credit: James Newton
  • Sir Michael Uren Hub.
    Sir Michael Uren Hub. Credit: James Newton
  • Sir Michael Uren Hub.
    Sir Michael Uren Hub. Credit: James Newton
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