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A new Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is under construction in Cambridge, which will replace an older laboratory and keep the Campus and the City at the forefront of world scientific developments.

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, the Medical Research Council (MRC) Chief Executive said: “The LMB has an outstanding track record as an innovator in medical research. The new building will allow the MRC to build on the LMB’s position as a globally competitive research centre and continue to attract the best researchers.”

The new state-of-the-art building consists of two kinked laboratory blocks joined by a central atrium, in a shape reminiscent of a chromosome, measuring approximately 160m x 65m. The total usable area will be approximately 27,000m² of fully air-conditioned space, on three main floors.

There are some substantial steel structures included within the building, such as four external stainless steel clad towers which house the majority of services.

Within the structure’s atrium, offices and seminar rooms are positioned at the two central crossing points, where staircases also connect the floors and provide access to informal coffee areas at the interstitial level.

The offices, formed with structural steelwork, are housed within four accommodation boxes which span the atrium. For aesthetic reasons all staircases and bridges within the atrium are made from structural steelwork, while the roof is formed with 30m-long cellular beams.

Steelwork is being erected by Fisher Engineering.

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