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SWC wins two RICS Awards

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL is the 2017 Winner of the prestigious RICS Project of the Year Award (London) and Design through Innovation Award.

“The highly acclaimed ‘Project of the Year’ accolade is presented to the scheme that demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its area. Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour is a unique, world-class facility designed specifically to promote and enhance research into neuroscience. Not only did this exceptional scheme scoop the prestigious title this year, it also won the ‘Design through Innovation’ award.”

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors press release.

“The judges described the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour as highly rational, very efficient and beautifully detailed. The judges expressed the design to be highly adaptable, but also attractive to the world’s leading scientists to come and work there. They also said that the laboratories are a unique combination of facilities, for theoretical and experimental scientists to work collaboratively, and are the result of intensive research.”

iRAL are delighted to share this fantastic achievement with the team. The project was commissioned by University College London and funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Wellcome Trust. This is the fourth major award for the SWC having received two from Europe (LEAF) and the BCI Major Project of the Year 2016.

The design team was led by Ian Ritchie Architects and included engineering by ARUP, EC Harris, lab advisor David Kelly, EQ2Lighting. The principal contractor was Kier.

All category winners will go forward to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final on 2 November 2017 in London.