A floor-plate is lowered into place to prepare for the installation of a floor in the south-west of the site.

A floor-plate is lowered into place to prepare for the installation of a floor in the south-west of the site.
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The Francis Crick Institute is taking four years to build and is scheduled for completion in late 2015. It was designed by HOK working with PLP Architecture.

Work on constructing the shell of the building started in June 2011 and was completed in autumn 2013. Since then work has focused on fitting out the interior. This includes installing all the plant and machinery needed to run the building as well as specialist scientific and computing equipment. Work is progressing well and the programme is on track.

The site is inspected regularly by the Considerate Constructors Scheme. It has been described as 'exemplary' and has won two Gold Awards.

Laing O'Rourke, the construction firm appointed to do the building work, is working in partnership with the Francis Crick Institute to support local businesses and the local community where possible.

A  construction working group, comprising Somers Town residents and representatives from local community groups, meets regularly to make sure the opinions of local people are heard and residents are kept up-to-date on the progress of the building.

Employment opportunities on the Crick construction site

During construction, Laing O'Rourke is offering Camden residents a variety of trade apprenticeships and jobs on the site. If you are interested, please contact the King's Cross Construction Skills Centre on 020 7974 5161. Apprenticeship candidates must be aged between 18 and 24.

Want to know more?

For construction enquiries or to receive a printed copy of our monthly construction update, please call us free on: 0808 165 0180 (24 hours a day) or email

For trade enquiries please email


  • June 2011
    Work started on constructing the shell of the building.
  • Spring 2013
    Internal fit-out started.
  • Late 2015
    The building is ready for use.
  • As an international engineering enterprise with a 162-year history of achievement, Laing O'Rourke funds, designs, manufactures, constructs and maintains the built environment.


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