Centre for Molecular Pathology, The Royal Marsden

learn / work

The new build laboratory spaces provide specific accommodation for histopathology, together with a number of generic laboratories. The scheme brings together two organisations; The Royal Marsden and ICR (Institute of Cancer research).

The flexibility of this laboratory space was a key design factor. Spaces allow for future change with minimal disruption to the service. Standard benching modules of varying height allow for a multitude of configurations to suit a number of changing and unknown uses. Mechanical ventilation is designed to suit the flexible ever-changing use, allowing offices to convert to laboratory spaces and vice versa.

The design of the CMP is focused on a central courtyard, maximising daylight into the interior spaces, with a green roof to enhance bio diversity, improve air quality and better energy efficiency. The configuration and relationship of the accommodation is process/route driven (in terms of personal, sample and waste movement) with a clear path from sample receipt through to diagnostic and waste management.


Key Points:

  • Cancer Research,
  • Green Roof,
  • Transitional Research,
  • CHP (Combined HEat & Power System),
  • Laboratory,
  • Histopathology,
  • Immunology,
  • Pathology