PLP Architecture

Laing O'Rourke


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Client Imperial College London

The 48,000 metre Research and Translation Hub building at Imperial College London, forms the centrepiece for the innovation district in White City and delivers world class education, research and translation facilities.

Radii AG was approached by Laing O'Rourke to collaborate with Architects PLP Architecture to design and install a stunning central atrium, linking the laboratory and office spaces together.

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Radii AG worked with PLP Architecture to ensure the project stayed commercially viable whilst maintaining the desired impressive central atrium design, which pushed the boundaries of performance glazing.

Curved glass, which reached up to 3.4 metres high on floors 2-6 and a staggering 5 metres tall on the ground floor had to be heat soak tested which was up to 25.5mm thick to support the weight.  To create the wave illusion, the curves were made up of 2 full height curved panels and a 'hockey stick' panel.

The glass then had to be installed over the 6 floors using hte latest installation methods with 'suspended access cradles.' In addition to the atrium glazing, glass wall cladding was used in the space to fit with the modern aesthetics of the lobby area.

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    Project insights.

    The Research and Translation Hub is run by Imperial College's ThinkSpace team -  a dedicated group that works with entrepreneurs and companies to provide innovative, high quality workspaces and relocation support.

    The Hub has an emphasis on linking research and commerce to benefit society and the global economy and will be open to corporations and fellow universities, driving innovation through co-location and collaboration.  Additionally, it will provide high specification, multidisciplinary research space for over 1,000 next generation scientists and engineers.