Environment

The Francis Crick Institute is a sustainable development, with green principles embedded into its design and operation.

To keep carbon dioxide emissions low, the institute uses an on-site combined heat and power system. Solar panels have been installed in the south-facing roof of the building to provide renewable energy. In addition, extensive use of glass in the design allows natural light to flood into the building and all light fittings are energy-efficient.

Photovoltaic solar panels on the building.

Photovoltaic solar panels on the building.
© PLP Architecture

The building has water-efficient fittings help to reduce water consumption. Products and materials have been specified and sourced to minimise environmental impact and reduce waste where possible.

During construction, the amount of waste generated and exported from the site was kept to a minimum in line with the requirements of the Considerate Constructors Scheme and the national WRAP initiative.

A specialist ecology team advised the project, and the building now has high-quality landscape areas and wild roof 'gardens' to attract wildlife.

The institute has excellent public transport links and, to further support environmentally friendly travel in central London, extensive cycle storage space is available to staff. There are no staff car parking facilities on site.

The environmental performance of this scheme has been assessed against the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM). In line with the institute's vision to provide highly sustainable research facilities, the scheme has achieved a BREEAM rating of 'excellent'.

  • The Francis Crick Institute has been designed with sustainability in mind.
  • Features to help keep energy and water usage to a minimum have been built in.
  • Building materials and products were specified to minimise environmental impact.
  • Landscaping including 24 new trees provide green space and brown roofs encourage wild flowers and insects.
  • The building is equipped with extensive recycling facilities.