The Francis Crick Institute

  • Practical completion has now been achieved on the Francis Crick Institute, largest biomedical research institute in Europe, created by a unique partnership of six of the UK’s most successful scientific and academic organisations.
  • Arup provided project management services for planning, design, procurement and construction of the complex c£0.65bN facility, including one of the largest two stage tender processes for a building project undertaken in the UK.
  • Design of building services systems for a high performance and landmark building in the centre of London’s science hub.

Housing over 1,500 staff, 1,250 of whom will be scientists, countless opportunities will be uncovered that are fundamental to biological discoveries in health and disease. The Francis Crick Institute will be one of Europe’s largest centres of biomedical research. The founding partners invested circa £650 million to establish the institute.

Arup was appointed to provide building services engineering design, project management, security and logistics consultancy services for the management, design, procurement and construction of the 85,000m2 facility.  With its curved forms that respond to the adjacent features of St Pancras station, The Crick takes a prominent place. The permeability of the façade and glass atria minimise the impact at street level, respecting the residential environment.

Arup’s Project Management team also developed the procurement route, allowing enabling works to the basement construction to commence ahead of the original programme.

Arup’s engineering design team had a unique insight into how the complex requirements of modern science would manifest in this elegant and sophisticated building. The challenge was to harmonise various demands, ensuring efficiencies throughout the engineering design process.

“Having had the rare opportunity to work on the project from its inception to completion, this experience has been immensely fulfilling. Working through the complex technical challenges and now standing in front of the completed building is truly rewarding.”

Blair Gray, Senior Electrical Engineer, Arup.

High vibration resistance required for laboratories containing sensitive equipment was extended to all research spaces in order to provide greater adaptability for future use. High rates of air change requested for laboratories were reduced to manageable yet perfectly adequate rates.

The Francis Crick Institute is the first laboratory, and one of the first buildings of any type, to be subject to the latest (2010) UK energy regulations. This has led to approximately 25% reduction in carbon levels; and achieving ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating.

The new institute completed practical completion in August 2016 and should be fully operational to scientist at the beginning of 2017.


  • Photograph of the entrance of the Francis Crick including a metal sculptureOpen gallery

    The institute supports the most advanced medical research and high specification scientific equipment.