Wellcome Trust Genome Campus

Sheppard Robson, Cambridge, 1997


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External view with landscaped surroundings 

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  • External view with landscaped surroundings    
  • South Campus viewed from the lake    
  • Typical laboratory    
  • Reception area    
  • The canteen area, one of the many spaces on South Campus    
  • Auditorium and glass cloister with stable lock showing behind    
  • The Pompeii room, newly restored by Pauline Plummer    
  • The Grade II* listed mid-eighteenth century Hinxton Hall    
  • Site plan    
  • North Campus ground floor plan    
  • South Campus ground floor plan    
  • Section through North Campus    
  • Section through laboratories    
  • Section through west-facing facade    
  • Isometric of solar shading and walkway    

Development of a Grade II* listed estate to accommodate research facilities and an international centre for genome research and conferencing

The campus is divided into two sides. The north houses the conference facilities, with the research facilities and laboratories in the south.

The south campus is sub-divided into three modules, write-up, primary and secondary laboratory space, to allow for long-term flexibility. The L-shaped plan developed from the users desire for external elevations in the primary laboratory and write-up spaces. The main laboratory buildings are beam and slab construction.

Interaction between scientists is promoted through wide corridors allowing space to stand and talk. A hierarchy in meeting spaces has been developed through placing the tea/coffee rooms on the top floors, with bay-window seats creating meeting 'nodes'.

The north campus includes an auditorium, hall, residential and stable blocks. The restoration of the 18th-century building to house these facilities included a circular steel framed roof to the auditorium as well as structural timber for the residential blocks.


  • Completed: Mar 1997
  • Sector: Industrial
  • Procurement: JCT '87 Management & Construction contract
  • Address: Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1RQ, United Kingdom

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