Building refurbishment ’highly commended’

Facilities created for Cardiff University’s Dementia Research Institute (DRI) have been highly commended in a major international competition for science buildings.

The S-Lab Awards, which started in 2012, recognise excellence in laboratory design, operation and management.

The DRI was shortlisted in the refurbished buildings and spaces category alongside facilities in the USA and London. The winner was the Molecular Sciences Research Hub at Imperial College London.

Part of the Hadyn Ellis Building at Cardiff University was refurbished to provide new office space and flexible laboratory space to bring dementia researchers together.

The design was produced by IBI in collaboration with services engineer AECOM and project managers/cost consultant Capita. It was constructed to high quality within a demanding timescale by contractor Knox and Wells with services installations by Lorne Stewart.

The 3m refurbishment was launched in October 2018.

The DRI centre aims to find effective treatments for dementia and is one of six that together make up the UK DRI.

Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre won in the Life Science Research Building Category at the 2017 S-Lab Awards.