Cambridge 2000: Medical Research Council: Francis Crick Avenue: LMB-2, The Chromosome

Description: Medical Research Council: Francis Crick Avenue: LMB-2, The Chromosome
Date built: 2009-2013
Architect: RMJM
Medical Research Council: Francis Crick Avenue: LMB-2, The Chromosome (RMJM) map for Medical Research Council: Francis Crick Avenue: LMB-2, The Chromosome
Date photograph taken: 26 Feb 2012 (Alternative map: Google map)

The original Laboratory for Molecular Biology (LMB) has been overcrowded and with non-ideal lab space for many years. This new building will allow a slight increase in numbers of research scientists, with vastly improved facilities. Hopefully the pioneering spirit of the old LMB will not be lost in the move.

The shape of the building (seen from above) is allegedly reminiscent of a chromosome, with a large central atrium. The old LMB has a cafeteria at the top, with great views over the city, and, as can be seen in the photo, the new building also has a restaurant at the top, with a roof terrace with views towards the south and west.

The building was paid for out of some of the royalties of antibody-related work carried out at the old LMB.

This is the first building on the Addenbrooke's site on the west side of Robinson Way. It is located right next to the railway line, and hopefully vibrations from that will not cause any problems for experiments. This is the view from the back, the view from the front is equally striking.

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