Science, Research and Technology

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Science, Research & Technology

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Placemaking for a Modern World We design at every scale and at every stage in the process of placemaking, from visioning to briefing, design, delivery and operation. The places we create are distinct; social, natural, useful and beautiful – a reflection of humanity. The practice has grown to over 1,200 people operating from a collaborative network of global studios, all creative hubs connected to the cities and regions they serve. BDP has an enviable track record of delivering innovative, sustainable projects in a number of sectors and for a diverse range of clients – both public and private, they include Google, AstraZeneca, Netflix, PwC, The Royal Albert Hall, IKEA, Berkeley Homes, Great Ormond Street Hospital and many more.

BDP’s designs respond to the rapid pace of change in R&D and the demand for open, agile and interactive places for scientific research. We pioneer cost effective solutions in response to demanding and complex briefs which synthesise functional excellence with enhanced energy performance and exceptional attention to detail.

Adaptability By its very nature science and research experiences constant technological and mission change. We design inspirational, adaptable spaces which can accommodate future needs through imaginative space planning and intelligent services infrastructure design, which enhance collaborative working, facilitate advanced ICT and other technologies, while respecting the need for low operational costs.

Achieving Net Zero We believe that full and open engagement with the client and building users to test and challenge the performance requirements for the proposed activities can reduce CO2 emissions from structural design and servicing. This includes zoning activities by the intensity of their technical need and optimising space through interrogation of uses and shared facilities. Our interdisciplinary structure enables the creative use of hybrid material solutions to holistically reduce the carbon emission impact of the structure and building fabric. An energy plan for known uses, together with scenario planning, allows for future adaptation and ensures building longevity. In-use performance measurements inform data-led design to optimise operation and achieve effective re-use of existing facilities.


We work closely with academics, scientists, researchers, engineering and FM estates teams; listening, analysing, exchanging ideas and stimulating imaginative solutions. Differing perspectives need to be considered when developing potential options in response to a complex brief with demanding functional requirements. We believe that a collaborative work style is an essential ingredient of this process of reconciling quality, functionality, sustainability and aesthetics with our client’s capital and operational cost objectives.

AstraZeneca Global R&D Headquarters Location Cambridge, UK Client AstraZeneca Completion 2022

BDP is delivering concept architect Herzog & de Meuron’s vision for a new office headquarters and laboratory complex for 2,000 employees to support AstraZeneca’s drive for scientific leadership and best practice in low energy laboratory design. The BREEAM Excellent design encourages collaborative working across the organisation and provides easy access for the wider scientific community through an open campus environment.

Technology and Innovation Centre Location Strathclyde, UK Client University of Strathclyde Cost £56m

Completion 2015

The BREEAM Excellent Technology and Innovation Centre creates a ring of flexible accommodation set around a central atrium, bringing together over 1,000 leading researchers, knowledge transfer specialists and industry partners to change the way that industry and the university engage.

Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology Location Cambridge, UK Client University of Cambridge Cost £42m

Completion 2015

World-class research laboratories bring together researchers from different locations working in the fields of molecular and micro­ biology, materials and reaction engineering, sensor and biosensor and magnetic resonance research to promote collaboration and foster interdisciplinary working among researchers and students.

Wanhua Research and Development Centre Location Shanghai, China

Client Wanhua Chemical Group Co Ltd Completion 2018

An international research and development centre incorporates state-of-the-art facilities for Wanhua’s pioneering work in manufacturing. The design creates three elements which showcase their functions; scientific labs, serviced apartments for visiting specialists and scientists, staff offices, conference amenities and auxiliary spaces, all integrated by a landscaped plaza to promote relaxation and wellbeing.

The Maxwell Centre Location Cambridge, UK Client University of Cambridge Cost £16m

Completion 2015

Aimed at promoting interaction with industry to develop blue-sky research programmes in the physical sciences, this research laboratory, phase 2 of the Physics of Medicine project, further develops our Lab Hotel concept. Flexible laboratory space is created under the interactive meeting and write-up zone which nestles beneath the distinctive curving roof. The building utilises an innovative layered laboratory design, ensuring services to individual laboratories can be changed without affecting the others.

Physics of Medicine Location Cambridge, UK Client University of Cambridge Cost £16.5m

Completion 2008

A new landmark gateway to the West Cambridge Campus, this flexible laboratory zone houses physical, chemical and biological laboratories, a triple height NMR room shaped around the five gauss lines of the magnet, researchers’ offices and social space designed to foster interaction. The specialist laboratories enable scientists from varied disciplines to work together in an open accessible environment in cell and molecular biophysics and tissue and membrane research.

Alderley Park Location Nether Alderley, UK

Client Manchester Science Partnerships Cost £13.5m Phase I

The transformation of a redundant lab facility into a centre for innovative businesses, features a variety of workspaces from high-end specialist labs to flexible offices and manufacturing facilities. This is the first phase in the creation of a 400-acre life science campus as a thriving open innovation community for life science businesses with over 7,000 high-value jobs planned on-site in the next decade.

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Location Manchester, UK Client Alderley Park Cost £13m

Completion 2017

One of the first major redevelopments for MSP and Bruntwood is the redesign of a four-storey building, which transforms a previously unloved AstraZeneca lab facility into a 300,000 sq ft centre for innovative and ambitious businesses. The centre includes high-end specialist labs, flexible offices and manufacturing facilities. A new communal atrium and internal courtyard features new meeting and conference facilities with views over the Alderley Park woodland. New entrances with a strong visual impact create a welcoming frontage to the building which also features retail and café facilities.

Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University Location Suzhou, China

Client Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University Cost RMB 200m

Completion 2018

The first Sino-British joint venture between research led University of Liverpool and Xi’an Jiaotong University, this large-scale university campus incorporates world-class fully-equipped science and engineering laboratories, high-tech research and development facilities, a humanities building, science building and training centre, and exchange centre for an international education community of more than 10,000 students and staff.

Manchester Engineering Campus Development Location Manchester, UK

Client Balfour Beatty for University of Manchester Cost £287m

Completion 2021

One of the largest capital projects ever undertaken by a UK higher education institution, the new building will house the university’s four engineering schools and two research institutes from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The design concept was developed by Mecanoo, with BDP appointed to assist with the technical design and subsequent delivery of the project.

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Location Manchester, UK Client Manchester Metropolitan University Cost £41m

Completion 2021 The full refurbishment of the former Students’ Union at 99 Oxford Road on Manchester’s Knowledge Corridor sustainably repurposes the structure to provide state-of-the-art teaching, research and support space within a dynamic new building envelope. The crossdisciplinary institute brings together worldleading researchers in musculoskeletal science and sports medicine with a range of experts in sport medicine, policy, business and culture. Specialist hi-tech research labs including an imaging suite with an MRI scanner, a suite for bone density analysis, an altitude and heat chamber to simulate climate conditions and a muscle function lab are located alongside new teaching, study and break-out spaces.

School of Engineering Location Edinburgh, UK Client University of Edinburgh Cost £30m

Completion 2022 Phase I

The School of Engineering, ranked number one in the UK by the Research Excellence Framework, has relocated to form part of a world class, dynamic science and technology campus. The new building advances engineering solutions to global problems by supporting emerging pedagogical styles and promoting collaborative working between specialist workshops and offices, showcasing a ‘knowledge workshop’ at the heart of the building.

Design Engineering Centre Location London, UK

Client Brunel University, London Completion 2016

The Design Engineering Centre is a flagship interdisciplinary facility supporting growth for the mechanical, aerospace and civil engineering department, designed to drive a culture shift from current ‘simulation and analysis’ to ‘design and make’, enabling more hands-on project based work and cross-disciplinary collaborative working. We undertook a feasibility, brief and concept study for the DEC.

Huawei Hangzhou Research Centre Location Hangzhou, China Client Huawei

The new development for Huawei Technologies creates a workplace for approximately 8,000 employees comprising six research centres of 35,000 sqm, supported by an underground car park and two administrative buildings unified by a central canteen of 36,000 sqm. The R&D centre will focus on VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), network security, telecom production, sales and after-sales services set in the picturesque landscape of the city of the arts, Hangzhou.

Bright Building, Manchester Science Park Location Manchester, UK

Client Manchester Science Partnerships Cost £12m

Completion 2017

The Hub is the first element of our masterplan, a BREEAM Excellent building providing office and laboratory accommodation over four floors set around a central atrium, together with café and restaurant facilities, a gym, meeting spaces, conferencing and networking spaces. The flexible floorplates allow tenants to occupy whole or half floors or smaller suites.

Engineering Innovation Centre

Location Lancashire, UK

Client University of Central Lancashire Cost £34m

Completion 2019

UCLan’s vision over the next 10 years is to create a unified, sustainable and welcoming campus which will enhance the experience for all those visiting the university. The new campus will integrate with the rest of the city, benefitting current and future generations of students, staff, visitors and the wider community.

STEM Building, University of Surrey Location Surrey, UK

Client University of Surrey Cost £8.25m

Completion 2019

The faculties of engineering and physical sciences and health and medical sciences have been expanded with the creation of a new academic building on the Stag Hill Campus in Guildford. The new STEM building accommodates science, technology, engineering and mathematics through flexible laboratories, formal teaching space, open plan social learning space, offices and seminar rooms.

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Location Manchester, UK Client Manchester Metropolitan University Cost £65m

New research and teaching, together with selective refurbishment of existing science and engineering labs, workshops and computing facilities, marks a step change in the university’s research capabilities, STEM education, knowledge exchange strategies and international presence. The new building will act as a ‘living lab’, showcasing science and engineering and connecting with tech-focussed business community in the city region.

Environmental Sustainability Institute Location Exeter, UK

Client University of Exeter Cost £30m

Completion 2012

The BREEAM Outstanding ‘living laboratory’ pioneers cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research in order to provide solutions to the problems of environmental change. Laboratories, CT rooms, engineering workshops and collaborative, interactive workspace address the requirements of clean technologies, natural environment, the social sciences and environmental sustainability.

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Cavendish III and Shared Facilities Hub Location Cambridge, UK Client Bouygues for University of Cambridge Cost £300m

Completion 2021

Cavendish III will provide a new home for the Department of Physics comprising cleanrooms, laboratories, offices, workshops, teaching and collaboration spaces to foster world class research. Targeting BREEAM Excellent, a range of measures, including an assessment of material efficiency, use of recycled materials, resilience to climate change and sustainable drainage systems have been incorporated.

The Nanoscience Centre

Location Cambridge, UK Client University of Cambridge Cost £4.5m

Completion 2003 The centre is designed as a series of three elements: clean rooms and vibration free research spaces based on layouts developed through our work in the commercial semi conductor sector, offices and social space engineered for maximum interaction between researchers.

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Location Wiltshire and Hampshire, UK

Client Serco Group Plc Cost £66m

Completion 2009

An innovative new facility for the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory consolidates its operations, previously dispersed over several sites, with the migration of 1,600 scientists and supporting staff.

Net Zero Carbon Research Facility, John Innes Centre & The Sainsbury Laboratory Location Norwich, UK

Client Norwich Research Park Cost £250m

Completion 2024

The new next generation infrastructure brings scientists together into multi-disciplinary houses creating a ‘collaboratory’ of wet and dry science activities across chemistry, biology, physics and ecology to better understand plant and microbial phenotypes and how they impact on the evolution of plant genetics and development. Views into laboratories, glasshouses and other working spaces present a cross-section of the activities taking place.

The Genome Centre Location Norwick, UK

Client John Innes Centre /Syngenta Cost £10m

Completion 2002

This is a venture between John Innes and Syngenta for collaborative plant bioscience research. Facilities include genome research and gene function laboratories with advanced robotics technology, an incubator unit for biotechnology start-up businesses, dry lab offices, including the computing function of bio-informatics and an interstitial plant floor for ease of maintenance and critical flexibility for future alterations to the wet labs above and below with minimal disruption to science.

National Composites Centre Location Bristol, UK

Client University of Bristol Cost £20m

Completion 2014

This major 9,000 sqm extension to the University of Bristol’s National Composites Centre brings together academics and enterprising companies to develop new technologies for the design and manufacture of composite products.

Centrum, Norwich Research Park Location Norwich, UK

Client Norwich Research Park Cost £11.5m Completion 2014

Centrum is designed as the anchor point of our holistic masterplan, which creates 160,000 sqm of new accommodation for 12,000 staff including over 3,000 scientists. The centre for excellence in research for life and environmental sciences is a catalyst for future development. The BREEAM Excellent building incorporates high quality commercial offices and laboratories and a business centre with restaurant.

Nanjing Medical University Location Jiansgu, China

Client Nanjing Medical University Cost £100m

Completion 2016

This highly sustainable new medical building integrates teaching and research with museum and conference facilities connected via a series of stacked terraces beneath a daylit atrium on a landscaped lakeside campus.

Pears Building, Royal Free, University College London Location London, UK

Client Royal Free Charity, University College London Cost £42m

Home to the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation, the Hopkins designed Pears Building is dedicated to applied medical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of some of today’s major diseases such as cancer, HIV and hepatitis. It will also generate vital knowledge around stem cells, exploring their potential to grow new organs for transplantation. The aim is to replace years of arduous therapy with one simple treatment.

Bio-therapeutics Hub for Innovation Location Aberdeen, UK

Client ONE Life Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University, NHS Grampian and Scottish Enterprise Cost £40m

Completion 2022

Located on the Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen, one of Europe’s largest integrated clinical, research, teaching and commercial health sites, the new facility will include accommodation for spin-outs, start-ups and established companies along with collaboration space and shared facilities for events, small conferences and networking. Sector specific support programmes will include incubation, acceleration, mentoring, commercialisation and growth planning.

Manchester institute of Health and Performance Location Manchester, UK

Client Manchester City Council Cost £18.5m

Completion ­2018

This is a world class environment for diagnosis, education, research and development in every area of sports science and medicine, created in partnership with Manchester City Council, Sport England, City Football Group and operated by HCA Healthcare UK. Private healthcare, administrative and research accommodation is housed at the front with large volume sports performance halls and laboratories to the rear. The facility is Care Quality Commission (CQC) certified.

Mathematical Science Building Location Warwick, UK

Client University of Warwick Cost £18m

Completion 2018

The new building encourages interdisciplinary working by physically connecting the departments of mathematics, statistics and computer sciences. Rising over six storeys, four wings of academic office and open plan learning areas are set around a soaring full height atrium. Large flexible use spaces, central services cores and future riser soft spots allow for future changes in use and occupation.

Allam Medical Building

Location Hull, UK

Client University of Hull Cost £20m

Completion 2017 A new health hub houses the Hull York Medical School, Faculty of Health and Social Care and the Applied Health Research Institute and provides a much needed social heart to nurture research in applied health within a state-of-the-art clinical skills facility. The project won the Guardian University Award in 2018 for Buildings that Inspire category.

Roche HQ Location Welwyn Garden City, UK

Client Roche Products Ltd Cost £50m

Completion 2005

This BREEAM Excellent headquarters building and clinical pharmacology unit incorporates laboratories for the testing, monitoring and analysing of samples and a production area for the storage, preparation and packing of products for this leading pharmaceutical company.

Human Biology Building Location Galway, Ireland

Client National University of Ireland Completion 2016

This facility encompasses three schools; pharmacology, physiology and gross anatomy. The building houses teaching, research laboratories and reseach facilities. We have set out specific targets for the building aiming to generate a minimum of 5% of the building’s electrical energy usage on site from pure renewables.

National Blood Service Location Bristol, UK

Client National Blood Service & Laing O’Rourke Cost £30m

Completion 2008

The first of five centres promoting optimised design solutions for laboratory templates and processing halls for the manufacture of blood products, the building incorporates modular open plan analytical laboratories, undergraduate teaching laboratories and cleanrooms for stem cell research.

National Synthetic Biology Technology Innovation Centre Location Tianjin, China

Client Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

The National Collaborative Innovation Centre of Chemical Science and Engineering is a partnership between Tianjin University and Nankai University. The competition design for the centre focuses on the innovative research on synthetic biology and bioprocessing engineering, exploring opportunities to engineer biosystems to fuel, feed and heal us.

Glasgow Science Centre Location Glasgow, UK

Client Glasgow Development Agency Cost £33m

Completion 2001

This iconic building bridges the gap between scientific knowledge, present technology and future trends whilst contributing to the urban regeneration of the waterfront. Fulfilling its mission to be an essential bridge between citizens and science and technology, the building inspires people of all ages to discover and enjoy science through a variety of spaces including a space zone, project laboratory, workshops, theatre, exhibition, planetarium and IMAX cinema. A symbol of Glasgow’s renaissance, the striking design has been recognised with an RIBA award, Civic Trust commendation and was voted Britain’s top attraction by the Good Britain Guide.

Keith Papa

Architect Director,

Head of Science, Research & Technology

Cover: Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University

Photography: Nick Caville, Blackstation, David Barbour, Fotohaus, Gareth Gardner, Hufton+Crow, John Kees, Killian O’Sullivan, Roland Halbe, Martine Hamilton-Knight, Neil Warner, Sanna Fisher-Payne, Terrence Zhang

Christoph Ackermann

Architect Principal, Glasgow

Adrian Hitchcock

Architect Director, Bristol

Steve Pardy

Building Services Engineering Director, London

Key to professions:



Ac Acoustics BSE Building Services Engineering C&S Civil and Structural Engineering DM Design Management GD Graphic Design InD Inclusive Design ID

Interior Design

John Roycroft

La Landscape Architecture

Ma Masterplanning

Civil and Structural Engineering Principal, London





Su Sustainability UD Urban Design

“ Science, by its very nature, is subject to constant technological and mission change. Our designs place a focus on adaptability together with functional excellence and low energy performance, actively pioneering elegant and humane solutions to demanding and complex briefs.” Keith Papa,

— of Science, Research & Technology Head

We are architects, engineers, designers and urbanists