Jenner Building, Pirbright Institute

The Jenner Building is a purpose-built laboratory research facility at the Pirbright Institute and forms one of the first buildings to be delivered within the DP2 development programme at the campus. The new, stand alone building replaces existing accommodation at both Pirbright and Compton campuses and provides a dedicated home for 90 scientists, including those recently relocated from the Roslin Institute. The whole campus has an area of 16.2 ha and comprises a Major Developed Site within the Green Belt. The Jenner building represents a high quality contemporary facility which sits comfortably within this campus context, within the emerging Masterplan and the proposed campus transformation that is envisaged, where the building will form a backdrop to a new landscaped quadrangle.


Sisk (UK)

3,300 m²

In Use



Client  Sisk (UK)

Location  Woking , United Kingdom

Status  In Use

Area  3,300 m²

BREEAM  Excellent

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Key accommodation components comprise laboratories (primary, support and specialist labs); write-up, office and meeting space; social, amenity and building support facilities. The laboratories accommodate in-vitro research in virology of the Institute avian, livestock, and vector-borne work programmes.

Designed to national and international Containment Level 2 guidance, including the ACDP ‘The Management, design and operation of microbiological containment laboratories’ (HSE, 2010) and best practice, allows work on ACDP Hazard Group 2 pathogens. One laboratory operates at SAPO 2 where the DEFRA requirements as set out in ‘Animal Pathogens – Guidance on Controls’ (DEFRA, 2012) must be met.

A bright, wide corridor is the principal circulation space within the laboratory zone, buffering and connecting primary and secondary labs while providing access to riser ducts and service areas. It stretches the length of the building, is day-lit through the primary labs and at both ends via the stair lobbies glazed screens, which provide useful daylight in and views out.

Views are maximised from the corridor into lab rooms via frameless, glazed doors and full-height glazed screens proximate to doorways to provide generous transparency for interaction and potential to enhance safety. Additional recessed wash-stations and lab coat hooks help meet bio-safety requirements. Integrated tall storage cupboards and write-on wall surfaces encourage active usage of the corridor as an interaction space, while also help to visual breaking up the length of the corridor for occupant comfort.


With concept design by NBBJ Architects, STW worked with Sisk under a D&B contract to develop and coordinate the design and deliver the building which was completed in March 2016. The project was undertaken in BIM, enabling a high level of coordination across consultants.

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