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Queen’s University - Wellcome-Wolfson Institute of Experimental Medicine

Research and collaboration in one facility

  • 7 K+

    Square Metres

  • 5


  • 2


  • Belfast, Northern Ireland

    Belfast, Northern Ireland

Balancing collaboration spaces with private areas to support the needs of academic researchers

One of the greatest challenges of creating university research facilities for the 21st century is designing a layout that facilitates collaboration and interdisciplinary co-operation while providing for the needs of researchers to manage their own experiments and write up their work without distractions.

Flexibility is key, as is a creative approach to space planning, building fabric, and building services.  All of these goals were factored in to the concept design and design development at the £20 million Wellcome-Wolfson Institute of Experimental Medicine (WWEIM).

Collaboration in a research environment isn’t just about shared facilities and collaborative workspaces; it’s also about creating a layout that connects research teams to each other with a combination of open plan areas and visual connectivity between enclosed areas. At the WWEIM, that visual connection is delivered by the presence of two atria; a core atrium in the centre of the ‘collaboration zone’ and an additional atrium that has been used to extend the building to the full footprint of the site.

The result is an airy, open-plan feel and a wealth of informal spaces where colleagues and students can discuss their work, with natural light and openness.

At a Glance

  • Queen’s University
  • Ostick + Williams
2016 RICS Awards, Northern Ireland, Project of the Year Award and Innovation through Design Award
2015 Construction Excellence for Northern Ireland, Construction Excellence Awards
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Christina Cattelan, Senior Associate, Project Leader

A head teacher recently remarked, ‘I can’t believe it, this is wonderful, exactly what you presented to us all that time ago.’ Sometimes delight is derived from simply joining the dots.
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Maciej Kajzer, Associate, Senior Architect

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David Martin, Vice President

My passion is engaging with our clients, synthesising their needs and opportunities into a convergence of form, function, and beauty.

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  • Christina Cattelan

    Senior Associate, Project Leader

  • Maciej Kajzer

    Associate, Senior Architect

  • David Martin

    Vice President

  • Aaron  Taylor

    Principal, Business Development and How to take quick Leader

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