A new global headquarters for life sciences giant, Abcam, at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, which will almost double the company’s footprint in Cambridge. The new site will combine Abcam’s three current facilities in Cambridge into one new state-of-the-art headquarters, housing the group’s UK innovation and manufacturing capabilities, laboratories, logistics, sales, marketing and corporate functions. It will also be the company’s European distribution hub.
Bringing the Abcam team together all under one roof will improve efficiency and innovation, which will better serve researchers and accelerate discovery in the life sciences.
The building will comprise 5,904 sq m office space and 3,580 sq m bespoke laboratory facilities connected by a duel access, glazed atrium link. The atrium is a key space for the facility and provides connectivity to logistics, cafe, storage, facilities and offices at ground floor. The building is a concrete frame with gold polyester powdercoated curtain walling to block A and ‘black’ brickwork with windows to block C.
Offices are open plan in design and surround the perimeter of the building, offering all employees equal access to daylight and views to the outside. There are also glazed single offices located on the ground, first and second floor, as well as more informal, open meeting spaces. A large informal gathering zone is also located on each floor either side of the main central stair in both office and lab blocks. This space is at the intersection of both buildings, giving the opportunity to harness and capture collaborative opportunities between laboratory and administration staff.
Flexibility, visibility and connectivity are the essence of the laboratory designs. An exposed soffit with visible services allows desks to be configured to suit users. Storage in the laboratory is kept below desk height to ensure visibility across the lab and, where possible, glazed partitions enclose the laboratory allowing visibility beyond the space. The project also includes extensive hard and soft landscaping, a 144 space car park and parking for 200 bicycles.
Visitors will be given a site induction and brief presentation about the project before undertaking a tour of the site to see current progress.