The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is a world-class multidisciplinary laboratory, which was at the forefront of the revolution in molecular biology in the 1950s and 1960s. Many techniques have been pioneered at the LMB, including DNA sequencing, and the work of LMB scientists has led to numerous awards including ten Nobel Prizes shared among 13 LMB scientists.
The new LMB facility is one of the most prestigious laboratory buildings in the world and provides modern facilities that allow the institute to continue its outstanding record as an innovator in biomedical research. The gross area of the building is 32,000 m² with a development cost of approximately £212m, and has three fully occupied floors. Each occupied floor has a full height interstitial floor above to facilitate horizontal distribution of services. This greatly simplifies maintenance and will allow refurbishment of laboratories with minimal disruption during the building’s more than 50-year design life. The building’s renewable energy requirement is delivered by an on-site ground-source heat-pump system providing heating and cooling energy via an array of closed-loop boreholes.