Building work finishes at the Francis Crick Institute

15 August 2016

The Crick will be fully operational and occupied by early 2017

Construction work has finished on the new building for the Francis Crick Institute next to St Pancras station and the British Library in London.

The start of 2017 will see the Francis Crick Institute up and running with all 1250 scientists and 250 other staff moved in and research projects ramping up. It will be the largest biomedical research laboratory under one roof in Europe.

The point of 'practical completion' - where construction of the building is finished and all the last checks have been done to make sure the building is fit for occupation - sees the constructors hand over the keys to the Crick.

The process of adapting the lab space for individual research groups can now begin and research groups will start steadily moving in from their current laboratories. The process of moving everyone in is expected to take the rest of the year.

The Francis Crick Institute building has been designed by architects HOK with PLP Architecture and constructed by Laing O'Rourke with Arup and AKT II as engineers on the project. The building is 170m long and has nearly 1 million square feet of floor space.

The Crick's research aims to discover how and why disease develops and seeks to find new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent conditions such as cancer, heart disease and stroke, infections and neurodegenerative conditions like motor neurone disease.

The Crick has been established through the collaboration of six founding partners: the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, UCL, Imperial College London and King's College London.

This collaborative approach is bringing scientists together from across disciplines to tackle the pressing health concerns of the 21st century. By promoting collaboration, training future science leaders, seeking to improve people's health and wellbeing and translating discoveries in real-world applications for health and wealth, the Crick aims to boost UK science and help drive the UK economy.

The Francis Crick Institute was formed on 1 April 2015 with the merger of the Medical Research Council's National Institute for Medical Research and Cancer Research UK's London Research Institute.