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The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology is one of the world’s leading research institutes. The scientists are working to advance understanding of biological processes at the molecular level providing the knowledge needed to solve key problems in human health. The £200m project forms part of the newly-expanded Cambridge Biomedical Campus at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge.

The stainless steel cladding to four services towers have created a dramatic feature for the new building. Uginox Top, a low reflective stainless steel surface was specified by the project architect.

Approximately 14,000m² of interlocking shingles clad the towers which house all heavy plant servicing the building. The towers are linked to the main laboratory building rather than attached to it in order to remove weight and sources of vibration.

Durable surface

A 0.7mm thick Uginox Top was chosen for its flat matt surface aesthetic and high corrosion resistance.
Uginox Top has a fixed rolled on surface which requires only minimal maintenance.

The stainless steel advantages for this building:

  • A low thermal expansion coefficient
  • A high resistance to corrosion
  • A traditional work setting
  • A surface finish in harmony with contemporary architecture
RMJM Architects


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