The BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Biology and Genetics


This project involves the refurbishment of the Rayne Building to provide laboratories for the four BHF chairholders in a closely co-ordinated facility and taking advantage of other expertise in the building. This required the creation of laboratory, office and specialised support facilities, integrated with the academic environment of UCL and with the closest possible links to clinical facilities in the affiliated UCL Hospital.


It was the intention to achieve a state of the art research facility with maximum flexibility for future developments, while maintaining links with the other major collaborative research groups in the Rayne Building including pulmonary biology, proteomics, osteoclast biology and human genetics.

The content of the scheme includes:

  • Conversion of basement car park to provide confocal microscope suite, utility and freezer storage.
  • Provision of offices, laboratories and specialist ancillary areas at upper levels for research studies in genetics, cell and molecular biology, with associated electrophysiology, tissue culture and DNA sequencing facilities; coffee and seminar rooms.

All building services have been upgraded including mechanical ventilation, comfort cooling, plumbing, drainage, electrical power, data and lighting and the installation of medical gases, with centralised plant housed in a new roof plant room extension.

The building remained occupied throughout the proposed refurbishment, requiring complex sectional completion and user decanting arrangements. The extensive works demanded care and control in a very sensitive working scientific environment. The contract value is £2.8 million over a total contract period of 65 weeks in three principal phases.

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