Centre for Endemic, Emerging and Exotic Diseases

ArchitecturePLB, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, 1999


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Centre for Endemic, Emerging and Exotic Diseases, Hatfield, Hertfordshire by Architecture PLB 

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  • Centre for Endemic, Emerging and Exotic Diseases, Hatfield, Hertfordshire by Architecture PLB    
  • Louvre detail of cedar cladding    
  • Reception and breakout area with seminar room behind    
  • Detail image of window frame andcedar cladding    
  • The cedar cladding runs vertically from the top of the first floor windows and horizontally below    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section    
  • The new centre is an extension to an existing building on the Hatfield campus    
  • CGI image to show break-out spaces    
  • CGI showing stairs    
  • Colour and materials palette    
  • Detailled section through cedar cladding    

Research centre extension to the Royal Veterinary College’s existing facility

Students and researchers will be able to utilise the category 3 laboratories, open plan office spaces and attend seminars and lectures all under one roof, within a space that claims an existing stair core to open up the centre to interaction.

The building has a two-storey elevation of cedar boarding: laid vertically from the window sills up, horizontally below. The eaves conceal the extensive rooftop plant.

The two-directional use of timber plays on the surrounding character of the timber and corrugated barns. The use of materials aimed to create a feeling of a fresh new facility whilst in keeping with the rural campus feel of its context.


  • Begun: Sep 1997
  • Completed: Sep 1999
  • Floor area: 700m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £3.3M
  • Procurement: Standard JCT contract with Quantities
  • Address: Hawkshead House, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 7TA, United Kingdom

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