The Institute of Cellular Medicine (ICM) at Newcastle University Progresses Well

GSSArchitecture are on track to deliver a flagship ICM Inflammation and Immunology Research Laboratory at Newcastle University, as the project continues to progress on site. The new £2m research laboratory, located in the heart of Newcastle, is set to allow ICM researchers to explore cutting-edge scientific developments and attract leading scientists to the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

This development is a highly complex project, comprising the remodelling and refurbishment of two existing levels within the six-storey William Leech Building. GSSArchitecture were appointed during March 2016 to provide a full one-stop-shop service, based on their expertise in this type of project and their ability to deliver projects to extremely demanding timescales.

The new laboratory will provide modern, open plan research laboratory spaces with associated tissue culture labs, advanced equipment, and cold and dark rooms. It is hoped that the information generated within this state-of-the-art facility will be used to develop and deliver novel immunotherapies in local clinics.

Interactive 360 virtual reality image of the ICM Lab, click and drag to navigate.

This has been an exceptionally fast-paced project, with an impressive turnaround. Initial designs began in March 2016 and completion is scheduled for December 2016.

GSS have continued to invest in design research and knowledge building to support the design requirements for innovative projects such as this, and are currently developing other design projects with a focus on Research, Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation, amongst others.

Jonathan Hunter, Partner at GSS, said “Newcastle University are a key client for GSS and we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to assist them in the delivery of this important project. The full project team have worked well together, in a collaborative way, to achieve the challenging project programme and to meet the client brief.”