project:  New Laboratory of Molecular Biology - Cambridge


BAM Services Engineering

main contractor:

BAM Construction (South East)

project value:



June 2011 - January 2012

City Insulation were apointed to undertake the Thermal & Acoustic Insulation at the new
Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge for the Medical research Council.

The new building has state of the art facilities and is one of the largest medical research buildings
to be constructed in recent years to house 400 scientists and 200 support staff.

The building was made up of 6 zones of laboratory and office space spread over 3 floors with a
restaurant and main extraction plant located at fourth floor level.

Air handling plant is located in 4 main plant towers, each 4 storeys high which service the
Interstitial service voids where services were routed.

A remote Energy Centre housed all the hot water, heating and chilled water plant along with steam
generating plant.

Pipework was routed to the Interstitial service voids via east & west basement tunnels and 8
vertical risers.

A total of 45,000m of insulation was applied to ductwork within voids and plantrooms as well
as 4,500m of acoustic insulation to fume extract.

Over 80,000m of pipework was insulated using Kingspan Phenolic foam.

A Trace heating system was also supplied and fitted as part of the contract to all external Chilled
and Cold water services for frost protection.

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