Client: University of Cambridge
Location: Cambridge
Status: Complete

Hadar - MRC Toxicology Unit Department of Pharmacology

This project develops two buildings on the Old Addenbrooke’s site, in the centre of Cambridge, known as the Gleeson Building and The Department of Pharmacology. The project involves a number of alterations to both buildings to accommodate the MRC Toxicology Unit, currently based in Leicester but which is proposed to transfer to the University of Cambridge.

In addition to accommodating the Toxicology Unit, the University of Cambridge intends to use the opportunity created by the refurbishment of the Gleeson building to develop a ‘core’ of new administration, seminar and staff break out spaces in the Department of Pharmacology.  These spaces will form a shared area used not only by the Toxicology Unit and existing Pharmacology Department, but also more widely by other departments based on the Old Addenbrooke’s site, with the following aims:

  • Making the most efficient use of available space in the existing buildings
  • Creating spaces where researchers from different departments and groups can interact, encouraging collaboration.
  • Creating new high quality teaching and student spaces for Department of Pharmacology Teaching.

It is intended that the development of these two buildings will form part of the emerging Academy of Therapeutic Sciences.  The ‘Academy’ is being developed by the School of Biological Sciences as a mechanism for bringing together the activities of a number of University departments, MRC units and the Clinical School to increase interaction and links with external stakeholders from both industry and academia

Project Scope

  • Project in progress (Stage 4)
  • Full architectural and interior design service (RIBA Stages 1-7)
  • Refurbishment and alterations to laboratories and teaching space.
  • Accommodation provided includes:
  • Class II biology research labs + write up
  • Histo Pathology Suite
  • Proteomics Suite
  • EM Imaging Suite
  • Cryo EM SuiteNew Shared Reception and Administration
  • Seminar suite
  • Staff Cafe