1000 Discovery Drive

1000 Discovery Drive

Cambridge

Countryside & Liberty Property Trust

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The Brief

We were briefed to design a multi-occupancy building, combining laboratory and office uses. The design will provide a 5 storey, flexible B1(b) laboratory and office building of approximately 105,000 sq ft net.

Concept

The building has been designed as a flexible laboratory and office (50:50) development, with tenants being a combination of businesses involved in life sciences R&D, which could entail offices and wet or dry laboratories in combination.

The simple building form complements the complex services strategy and the façade has been designed to respond to the changing requirements of a multi-occupied building.

1000 Discovery Drive 2
1000 Discovery Drive 2

Features

The design has a striking external appearance, with a daring entrance attraction that celebrates arriving at this centre for collaboration and innovation. Alongside a double height reception, a contemporary café space will spill out onto the plaza and meeting rooms are provided for all occupants.

The elegant façade will adapt to the requirements of each tenant, by adding/removing louvre or glass panels. The verticality and rhythm of the facade links floors together, whilst the perforated panels and fins create shadow, relief and diversity.

1000 Discovery Drive 3
1000 Discovery Drive 3

Overview

Status
Ongoing
Value
£40m
Size
9,754 sq m
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