Cambridge Clinical Research Institute

The Cambridge Clinical Research Institute, consisting of the NIHR/Welcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (CRF), Clinical Investigation Ward (CIW) and CRF Satellite Unit, is a safe, well-equipped and professionally staffed research facility. Facilities include 11 24/7  inpatient beds, 7 day case beds for interventional treatments, outpatient and investigation rooms available Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm.  The unit employs highly trained staff skilled in chemotherapy and monoclonal antibody drug administration, endoscopy procedures, metabolic and physiological measurement expertise and has equipment for DXA, BOD POD, direct and indirect calorimetry. Facilities are also available for dietetic interventions, diet manipulations, sample handling and processing, university and NHS IT systems including wifi.


The project involved the design of a major expansion of the nationally recognised  ACRC which occupies a prime site within the redeveloped campus. We worked closely with the project’s multiple stakeholders, clients, funders, master planners, advisors and several departments of end-users, to develop a high quality building with a simple and energy efficient services strategy.

The ACRC building will provide approximately 4000m2 of accommodation and will be the principal location on the site where patient-based clinical research, including clinical trials, is undertaken. Researchers will have access to endoscopy and magnetic resonance suites in addition to state-of-the-art ‘bod-pod’ body composition equipment for metabolic science research.

The services strategy for the building adopts a three step approach to minimising the buildings energy use and respective carbon emissions. First, by reducing the buildings energy demand by improving thermal performance of the structure. Secondly, by improving system efficiency through the use of low energy plant and thirdly by utilising renewables to minimise the remaining carbon emissions. Combined, the effect of these measures achieved a 26% reduction in carbon emissions over the base building, comfortably achieving the energy credits required to meet a BREEAM excellent rating.


Education, Higher, Science