Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge

W&G were engaged at an early stage to provide advice and guidance during the development of the client’s detailed quality requirements to agree the design solutions for incorporation in to the contract documents. Concrete is a key and integral part of the architecture, allowing no room for error in design, co-ordination and construction. The functional demands of the laboratory, coupled with the strong architectural vision, heavily influenced the methods of construction. The highly exposed concrete frame and limited use of internal finishes or ceilings resulted in an unusually high demand for the transparent integration of services. W&G were able to respond to this requirement, through meticulous detailing of cast-in services, high-quality concrete finishes which left no scope for adjustment or remedial works. The project achieved the accolades of Overall Winner and Building Category Winner from the Concrete Society, was the Civic Trust Awards Winner, achieved the Sterling Prize for architecture and was recognised by the RIBA as the Building of the Year.