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Abell Nepp - Discovery Centre (DISC)

Discovery Centre (DISC)

Location: Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Status: Under construction
Area: 56,800 sqm

Abell Nepp have provided laboratory planning services to Herzog & de Meuron and BDP. The £750m building will bring together AstraZeneca's small-molecule/biologics research and development activity, providing a key point of scientific exchange and collaboration in the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC) community.

Using precedence from the Cambridge Colleges, large floor plates enable the building to organised around a central court and limited to 3 stories high, providing a human scale for the 1600+ occupants. The large floor plates support transparent laboratory blocks of adaptable modular laboratories surrounded by open write-up, meeting and collaboration spaces.

The porous building encourages collaboration with public circulation through the site and courtyard with science-on-display in street-level laboratories.

Design Team:
Abell Nepp Architects (Laboratory Planner), Herzog & de Meuron (Design Architect), BDP (Executive Architect|C|S|MEP), Arup (PM), Turner & Townsend (Cost), Skanska|MACE (Contractors), Images (Herzog & de Meuron|BDP)