The Hub at Harwell

The heart of the Rosalind Franklin Institute will be the new hub building located at Harwell.

The 5300m2 hub building at Harwell will be a flagship new addition to the campus, with four storeys of world leading scientific capability, complementing existing facilities at Harwell and at the partner spokes. The hub will be the focal point for the Institute, and the heart of life sciences at Harwell Campus.

The world leading technology hosted at the hub is matched by the innovative design of the building itself – unique in its experimental capabilities.

When open, the hub will house all core and support staff for the Institute, plus 150 researchers from industry and academia. Construction on the hub started in May 2019, and is led by principle contractor Mace, working with our construction delivery partner UKRI-STFC.

Designed and specified by leading researchers to deliver a world class laboratory space, the Institute will be home to groups of researchers from spoke universities, collaborators and colleagues from industry.


Artists impression of the Rosalind Franklin Institute. Courtesy of IBI.
A bird's eye view of the building


First  – Correlated Imaging and Biological Mass Spectrometry labs, including the world’s most stable space for electron microscopy. In these labs, we will deliver and test innovations in electron microscopy, and deliver the world’s first time resolved TEM for life science.

Second – Social and write up spaces – built to encourage networking, this space will become a hub at Harwell for researchers from across campus to meet and collaborate.

Third – Structural Biology and Next Generation Chemistry for Medicine labs.

Fourth – Next Generation Chemistry labs.

Construction Progress

Construction started at Harwell in May 2019, with a ground breaking event led by our chair, Dr Vivienne Cox, and representatives from our funders and partners.

Click through the images below to see month-by-month progress at the site.