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.

Exterior of the new Hub building. Photograph By: Sean Dillow.

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 reached practical completion in January 2021. The construction project was led by principle contractor Mace, working with our construction delivery partner UKRI-STFC. You can watch a construction time lapse here. The Franklin are currently working with UKRI-STFC to complete the specialist scientific fit out for the hub prior to occupation.

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.

 

Floor-by-Floor

Ground  – 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. View an interactive floor plan here, you can watch video tours of the rooms by clicking the white room names.

First – 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.  View an interactive floor plan here, you can watch video tours of the rooms by clicking the white room names.

Second – Structural Biology and Next Generation Chemistry labs. View an interactive floor plan here, you can watch video tours of the rooms by clicking the white room labels.

Third – Next Generation Chemistry labs. View an inteactive floor plan here, you can watch video tours of the rooms by clicking the white room names.