Imperial College London opened its new Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine in 2012 at its Hammersmith Campus in West London. This new £66 million six-storey facility will expand and accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries into healthcare practice “from bench to beside”. It combines both research space for up to 450 scientists with clinical trials facilities for evaluating new treatments. The centre, which was funded through support from the British Heart Foundation, the Imperial College Heathcare NHS Trust, the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust, is said to be the College’s largest ever investment in research facilities.
The new facility is designed by Shepperd Robson has a light interior with transparency into the laboratories from outside and from the central atrium which has a bright red staircase running through the building, off of which are informal breakout and meeting spaces. Bright primary colours continue as a theme into the clinical trials and the laboratory areas.
Facilities in the building include one of the largest cardiovascular research facilities in Europe, with the headquarters of the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence at Imperial, which is developing stem cell treatments to help the heart repair itself after a heart attack, and the Imperial Cancer Research UK Centre, which brings together chemists, biologists and engineers working on new ways of tackling cancer.