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Projects in Practice: knowledge hubs


Tuesday 16 February 2021
10:00 - 11:00

Following NLA’s Knowledge Networks report in 2020, this webinar presents an in-depth look at key knowledge hubs completed recently.
Last year,  NLA’s Knowledge Networks report highlighted the growth in demand for life science, laboratory and high-tech office space as the knowledge economy has expanded across London and the ‘golden triangle’. But how are such buildings built? What are the needs for lab space? How do we select the right materials? What design choices will allow these spaces to be adaptable to future needs? This session will present exemplar projects that show best practice in building knowledge hubs. 
Detailed presentations from the project teams will go in depth into how these buildings have been designed and built.
Project presentations:
Imperial College London, Molecular Sciences Research Hub: is an ambitious conversion of an old office building into a brand-new research facility. This build highlights co-location as intrinsic to its ethos and design. The project forms the centre of Imperial College London’s chemistry research outputs and brings together a network of academics, researchers and entrepreneurs in the heart of White City. The project positions itself as the core of an expansive innovative industry within the sciences. The design process harnesses the current life science communities need for adaptability and collaboration and facilitates the future climate of the science and knowledge economy, by providing a “fluid research environment”.

Projects in Practice’ presents London’s leading projects and the products that define them. The series gets under the skin of the best new projects across all sectors in the capital, revealing the technical aspects of their design, specification and delivery. Each seminar focuses in on a specific sector, from schools, offices and homes, to tall buildings, linking in with NLA’s existing programme streams, and features projects presented by the architects, engineers and other team members instrumental in making London’s most successful buildings work.

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10:00    Welcome from Chair
             Tamsie Thomson, Managing Director, NLA

10:05    Imperial College London, Molecular Sciences Research Hub
             Umberto Vallini, Projects Principle, Aukett Swanke
             Duncan Leach, Director, BMJ
             Eugene Sayers, Partner, Sheppard Robson

10:45    Panel discussion and Q&A

11:00    End


Umberto Vallini

Projects Principal, Aukett Swanke

Duncan Leach

Director, BMJ Archictects

Tamsie Thomson

Managing Director, NLA

Eugene Sayers

Partner, Sheppard Robson

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