Institute of Hepatology

King's College Hospital, London

The Foundation for Liver Research commissioned their new Institute of Hepatology building on a site adjacent to existing medical research facilities on the King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill Campus in London.

Led by Professor Roger Williams CBE, since 1973, the Foundation for Liver Research has supported research programmes into liver disease and acute liver failure, including much pioneering work into liver transplantation. The building has been entirely funded through charitable donations.

The new 1000m2 facility, over three floors, provides open plan CAT 2 laboratories with adjacent shared write-up areas, achieving spatial efficiency and encouraging interaction and engagement between the individual research groups. The research accommodation also includes small specialist labs such as a CAT 3 facility, radioactive lab, and shared equipment room.

The entrance zone is linked to the circulation on the upper floors by a striking timber lined, top-lit, helical staircase that sets the scene by encouraging and celebrating vertical movement between the teams. The generous glazing and sense of transparency throughout the building maximises the daylight and encourages a sense of community. Externally the building faces in two directions, both forming part of the streetscape of Coldharbour Lane to the north and addressing the research campus to the south.

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Complete, Health & Life Sciences, Learning & Research, Life Sciences, London – UK, New Build, The Institute of Hepatology, UK,

‘The Foundation for Liver Research has supported research programmes into liver disease for more than 30 years. This includes much of the early pioneering work at King’s College Hospital into liver transplantation and acute liver failure. Research is vital in developing new treatments. Having the Institute of Hepatology located at the hospital will enhance collaborative working into liver disease for the benefit of patients locally, nationally and internationally.’

Professor Julia Wendon, Executive Medical Director

Location King's College Hospital, London

Area 1000m²

Status Complete

Photographer Jack Hobhouse