The Ingram Building

The Ingram Building was built in 1965 – 67 as a Chemistry Building for the University of Kent and now houses the School of Physical Sciences. The teaching laboratories had remained largely unchanged thoughout the life of the building and were in need of refurbishment to meet current laboratory standards, teaching methods and the increasing expectations of students and academics.

The alteration and refurbishment provide new wet and dry teaching laboratory accommodation and associated support areas. The new facilities include a 130 person general physics laboratory, incorporating 12 double fume cupboards, an analytical laboratory and a 100 person electronics/forensics laboratory, all meet current laboratory standards and teaching methods. The works include the replacement and enhancement of all building services and the upgrading of the building fabric.

The works included the replacement of laboratory furniture, ceilings, floor and wall finishes and all building services, the installation of new windows/doors, the upgrade of the building fabric, and the re-fit of existing toilets. The new fume cupboards achieve containment with a face velocity of 0.4m/s face velocity which yields a 20% energy and associated carbon reduction saving.

Centre for Molecular Processing

The Centre for Molecular Processing is a new research development of 1,520sm (GIA) over three floors. The building provides seminar/meeting/administration space at ground floor with wet laboratory space, associated writing areas and dry space for IT/maths/engineering/computing on the upper floors. A glazed bridge will link the building to the existing bioscience building at first floor level to allow shared support facilities.

The building is designed to reflect the close collaboration between disciplines with a full height atrium linking the three floors of accommodation. The accommodation is planned to be as open as possible whilst providing the necessary level of enclosure and containment for the Laboratories.
The Laboratories, meeting room and seminar room will be mechanically ventilated and comfort cooled. The roof top plant roof will service these areas via external access ducts. The remainder of the building will be naturally ventilated, where possible, utilising the stack effect of the atrium. The building is designed to provide good levels of natural light, however solar gain is kept to a minimum by the use of rain screen cladding and solar shading.

Medicines Testing Facility

Cornish Architects have refurbished an existing office building formerly occupied by Guinness in Park Royal to transform it into a Medicines Testing Facility. Hammersmith Medicines Research Limited (HMR) is a contract research organisation (CRO) specialising in early studies (trials) of potential new medicines in humans for the international pharmaceutical industry.

The facility is arranged on four floors and includes ward accommodation for 100 beds, dedicated specialist procedures rooms, Laboratories including automated sample processing, Platelet function, cell stimulation and separation, flow cytometry, and radio immunoassay, pharmacy, and radiopharmacy. Support facilities include a fully equipped industrial kitchen, 100 seat restaurant, changing and welfare, training and administration offices.

The process is fully monitored to achieve MHRA Supplementary Accreditation, MHRA Manufacturerís Authorisation, CAP Laboratory Accreditation, and ISO9001 quality system.


Refurbishment of existing laboratory block and construction of a new administration/office building to provide a 3200sm specialist research facility.

The Client organisation provides information and applies scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment in a sustainable way. The project includes the refurbishment of 2000sm of laboratories, the construction of a new 1000sm administration/office building, and a 200sm greenhouse. The development has two quarantine facilities which are licensed by DEFRA. The site is in Metropolitan Green Belt.


This project is part of a 2,000sm first phase of our masterplan for substantional facilities to provide ready made space for rental by start-up and expanding Bio-Tech organisations. A new build structure bounded on two-sides by an existing buildings. It provides 825sm (8,880sf) of net area for bioscience laboratories and write up/offices on three floors with the fourth floor providing hot desking facilities, toilet accommodation and small IT suites. The development includes a new reception area, forming a hub for the whole centre.

Milton Park

This project proposal provides 5,600sm of laboratory space for a speculative development for MEPC at Milton Park. The design comprises two buildings capable of being linked at reception.

Clean, rectangular floor plates on two floors designed with flexibility to accommodate a wide range of tenants. An enclosed plant space is provided at roof level where additional plant may be located. The services run vertically from the plant roof via external ducts which also contain drainage stacks. The external ducts are formed of removable panels so that access is available from the outside without entering the occupied laboratories.

RIBO Target II

One of a series of buildings designed by us to progress the Granta Park masterplan. Approximately 2,500sm (26,910sf) net laboratory space is provides as an extension to an existing Bio-Science research facility, but with the flexibility to be let as a separate unit if required in the future.

Franklin Building

Designed for speculative laboratories. The Franklin building provides approximately 2,000sm (21,528sf) of gross internal floor space on two floors with the flexibility to accommodate a wide range of tenants. Enclosed and open plant space is located at roof level with external service ducts formed of removable panels so that access is available from the outside without entering occupied laboratories.

Silwood Park

An incubator for spin out companies from the adjoining University Campus, known as the Technology Transfer Centre, and a Science Park for larger specialist organizations are located in a sensitive green belt setting. The buildings are designed with the flexibility to accommodate a variety of users in a style to relate to their setting and the adjoining listed building.