Kier has been selected by ARC to deliver Refinery, a landmark high-spec laboratory development at ARC West London, Hammersmith. It will provide a new home for UK life science organizations.
Under one roof, the project will create 121,000 square feet of high-spec laboratory, research, and development space. The project will be located on the Northern Embankment of the River Thames. Furthermore, it will include the addition and complete reconfiguration of the current four-story building. Its façade and roof will be replaced, two new storeys will be added, and a green roof will complete the building’s appearance.
Inside, the space will be completely renovated to create flexible laboratories. This is together with working spaces such as a business lounge, design-led offices, working spaces, meeting rooms, a restaurant and café, an event studio, a presentation suite, and cycle facilities for 200 bicycles.
Kier will deliver external works to create a new public park. The park will integrate with the Thames Path and connects to neighboring residential developments.
The high-spec laboratory development at ARC West London
Throughout the project, Kier will assist local small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This is by offering them with the opportunity to tender for work on-site through the Hammersmith and Fulham Local Supply Chain Project. It will also work together with the local council (or the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham). Thus, they will create and promote job opportunities, apprenticeships, work experience, and training for local people.
“We are delighted to be working with ARC again on this innovative project. It will change this area of the Thames near Hammersmith,” said David McKenzie, managing director for Kier Construction, London and Southern. We will bring Kier’s extensive experience in offering commercial and life sciences facilities together. Thus, we will create a development that will be a showcase for innovation and technology.”