Hopkins Architects were commissioned to design an iconic medical research building on the Royal Free Hospital's campus in north London. The building creates a centre of research excellence for the clients, a joint partnership between the Royal Free Charity, University College London and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.
The Institute is a cost-effective and adaptable facility improves the provision of care for patients and allow public outreach and engagement. The light-filled interior has been designed to foster enhanced interaction amongst researchers, with research facilities and supporting space making the heart of the Institute a vibrant international hub for clinical research.
It includes world-class laboratory research and write-up space for the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation, a patient hotel, new offices for the Royal Free Charity, and covered car parking for use by both the hospital and the public.
Designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, the building makes a positive contribution to the local character of Hampstead. With sensitive massing and facades, it engages with and is incorporated into the surrounding landscape.