Laboratory is one of Kews most important research facilities.
Here scientists carry out studies on plant anatomy, cytology
and biochemistry. An important strand of the work they do is
to find ways of using plant resources for the benefit of humans.
The project integrates Kews Mycology, Palynology &
Economic Botany sections by improving and extending the existing
Jodrell Laboratory. The new building provides additional laboratory
space and re-locates and consolidates several research libraries.
It also houses the largest and finest collection of mycology
specimens in the world.
The additional 2,200m² of accommodation is arranged as two
storeys over a single basement. As the building is passively
ventilated, floor and roof slabs are left exposed to view to
allow the structure to exchange heat as air flows across its
surface. Floors are composites of pre-cast and cast in-situ concrete
and are supported by a steel frame which is also exposed to view.
Project Engineer: Louise Quick
RIBA Regional Award
2008 Civic Trust Award
"An extension to the
existing laboratory, this scheme raises the profile of Kew's
research work. The scheme brings together the laboratory's staff
in one building. Attractively designed, the scheme creates a
three sided courtyard focused on the Aquatic Garden, which gives
a collegiate feel to the complex. Home to laboratories, library
and office space, the building also enjoys a spacious and airy
atrium space which provides breakout space for staff. The atrium
also creates a successful transition between this extension and
the existing building. Popular with staff, the scheme includes
passive cooling and is naturally ventilated, creating a comfortable
working environment. With high attention to detail, this scheme
is a valuable addition to the facilities which support Kew as
a world class research institution."