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ClientUniversity of Kent
LocationCanterbury, Kent, UK
Scale1,520m2 (16,361ft2)

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.