London Metropolitan University, Science CentreLondon Metropolitan University

The Pascall+Watson designed Science Centre for London Metropolitan University incorporates a new research facility which includes the world’s first ‘super lab’; an open plan, 280-workspace environment offering state-of-the art facilities for cross-disciplinary sciences. The centre is highly sustainable and was one of the first university life science buildings to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, the highest available at the time.

Given the constraints of an extremely tight site and limited street frontage, the building’s public architectural expression is more evident at the upper levels, where banks of windows reflect the university’s aims for the faculty to be both physically and metaphorically transparent.

The stripped-back, industrial design aesthetic and open plan space accommodates the large number of workspaces required and encourages collaborative learning.

The laboratory features containment level 2 and 3 environments, giving it the flexibility to respond to specific funding research streams. The nucleus of the Sports Science Department, meanwhile, is a full gymnasium, enabling study to be made on the physical and psychological effects of exercise by monitoring athletes before, during and after activity.

Value: £30m