The ‘Queen Mary Innovation Centre’ is a development by Queen Mary BioEnterprises, in conjunction with the Queen Mary University of London and supported by the London Development Agency.
Norman Disney & Young were engaged as the building services consultants to provide mechanical, electrical, public health and communication services within this £35M, 80,000ft2 facility.
The unique facility was designed to lead the way in commercialising scientific discovery by offering early stage companies, particularly from East London, a broad range of biological research facilities and knowledge. It aims to provide the ideal environment in a building dedicated to incubating scientist entrepreneurs and promoting knowledge transfer.
The centre provides state of the art, fully serviced specialist laboratory and office space, designed to be flexibly divided to provide for growing biotechnology enterprises. Typical users would include organisations involved in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, agricultural or other industrial/ environmental development.
An important feature of the centre is the ability to provide a mix of space to serve organisations from the very-small emerging businesses (“hatchery space”) to more mature, established businesses (“anchor tenant space”). Clients will be able to design their own layouts and have them delivered in days, allowing a virtual ‘plug and play’ environment, and take advantage of meeting rooms and conference facilities. Flexibility of the building services was key to NDY’s design ensuring that ultimately the Centre is able to provide a problem free service to their clients.
Practical completion was achieved in June 2009.