Lab Research Facility
Client: University of Cambridge
Location: West Cambridge
Status: Complete

Engineering Research Laboratories Whittle Laboratory, West Cambridge

The Whittle Laboratory at the West Cambridge Campus of the University of Cambridge is a Research Facility for the Department of Engineering. Named after Sir Frank Whittle, the inventor of the Jet engine and a graduate of the University, the Whittle Lab specialises in research into the fluid dynamics and thermodynamics of all types of turbomachinery.

The project involved the provision of 2 separate extensions and refurbishment of adjacent existing areas. The main extension was a new ‘High Speed’ laboratory housing research rigs and wind tunnels.

The requirement for large volumes of air to be moved through the laboratory space was exploited to create a specific aesthetic, echoing the aerospace technologies which are being developed by the department.

The second extension created additional write-up and seminar room space to the rear of the complex, built in a style in keeping with the original building. The seminar room suite was designed to provide flexible alternative layouts from 3 small separate rooms to one large seminar room that opens out into an existing break out space.

Project Scope:

  • 3,200m2 new space in total
  • 1,111m2 refurbished space
  • New ‘High Speed’ Research Lab
  • Control Room • Wind tunnel rigs
  • Flexible Seminar Room Suite (three separate spaces, or two, or one, depending on requirement)
  • New Postgrad write-up space
  • New cellular offices