Innovation Centre for RB
Setting new workplace standards for the pharmaceutical research industry,
HDR I Hurley Palmer Flatt (www.hurleypalmerflatt.com) has just completed the building
services for RB plc’s (www.rb.com) state-of-the-art Science and Innovation Centre, with brand
new consumer health laboratory facilities, consisting of the refurbishment of the existing Kingston Works North, (KWN), office building, as well as creating the new GMP laboratory building and a linking atria, known as the Innovation Pathway. HDR I Hurley Palmer Flatt worked closely with architects Ryder and Scott Brownrigg to create a flexible, energy efficient scheme.
This project is the first milestone of RB’s ongoing £200 million investment programme in Hull city. Alongside the new Science & Innovation Centre, RB is committing £95 million to significantly upgrade the manufacturing facilities on the Hull site which employs 1,400.
The project is a fusion of old and new, incorporating the existing KWN Building and Humber Suite, both historic office buildings dating back to the 1920s, which have been remodelled and seamlessly connected to the building by the imaginative multi-level Innovation Pathway.
A listed First World War memorial, a landmark on the site, has also been fully refurbished and is the centrepiece of a new sensory garden.
To reflect the aspirations of the new 10,000m2 laboratory building, it was named ‘The GMP building’, and it is designed to accommodate the various user groups: scientists, experts in research and development and product testers. GMP also provides a state-of-the art clean room suite known as the Pilot Plant, where the air purity, temperature humidity and pressure are closely controlled.
The building has been designed to be sustainable and energy efficient, as part of RB’s commitment to continually reduce emissions while growing the business.