QMU is one of the leading medical research universities in the country. The Heart Research Centre will focus on developing new cardiovascular therapies with clinical research at ground level and extensive translational laboratory space spread over three floors.
As we’d be helping to build a major CV centre of excellence for both training and research, we were acutely aware of the human importance of our fitout from shell and core.
The centre takes the shape of two buildings, each of which can be accessed through adjoining doors. The first step was a series of structural alterations, installing supporting steelwork and floor plates, and new glazing for the courtyard, as well as new louvres and solar shading. The roof and basement housed the significant amount of M&E plant and equipment, and the remaining space comprised research labs, day units, pharmacy, office space and meeting rooms, separated by solid and glazed partitions, as well as a naturally lit and open reception area on the ground floor.
We were in almost daily contact with our clients to ensure complete adherence to the brief created by their inhouse design team. The quality of the finished product was of vital importance, so we conducted quality inspections with the M&E consultants and subcontractors and inspected the site every other day with the project architect to ensure that any issues were identified and resolved on an ongoing basis. We completed the 48-week project on time and on budget.
“IN MY 28 YEARS IN CONSTRUCTION, THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST PROJECTS I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN.”
QMUL Project Manager