Europe’s biggest biomedical lab opens

Researchers have started shifting their base to the new building of British bioscience, the £650m worth Crick Institute in London.

The Crick, claimed to be Europe’s largest biomedical centre under a single roof, is expected to host 1,000 scientists along with 250 support staff by 2016 year — with plans to increase its headcount with another set of 250 scientists.

The Crick’s home, said to be one among the complex architectural buildings in London, was designed by HOK and PLP Architecture and was constructed by Laing O’Rourke. The construction was completed within the estimated budget but with prolonged duration that it was originally planned.

The building is 170 metres long hosting around a million square feet of floor space spread over its 12 floors, eight over the ground and four beneath it.  The lab will host 120 individual research groups with a headcount of 10 scientists in each group working towards the ultimate motive of creating beneficial “scientific anarchy”.

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