The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen's University is a £32m multi-disciplinary biomedical research facility with a focus on cures for eye disease, diabetes and the development of a global programme to aid understanding of the genetics of complex chronic diseases. Designed by local firm Ostick & Williams and US-based architects Stantec, the Centre is the result of careful coordination between architectural, structural and services design. The building makes use of a range of measures that will lower carbon emissions and deliver a more sustainable building. Photovoltaic cells, rainwater harvesting, combined heat and power generation are being incorporated to ensure the building minimises its impact on the environment and achieves a target BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
The building opened in August 2015 and in recognition of the quality of its quality, it has received several awards, including:
- Constructors Employers Federation (Northern Ireland) Health Infrastructure and Project of the Year Awards
- Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Northern Ireland) Design through Innovation and Project of the Year Awards
- Electrical Services Installation of the Year Award (Northern Ireland)
- Mechanical Services Installation of the Year Award (Northern Ireland)
This tour will also give you the chance to see operational laboratories and find out about the innovative and life-changing research undertaken within the building.
Meeting Point: WWIEM entrance (access off Jubilee Road adjacent to Queen's Pharmacy, opposite Belfast City Hospital)
Accessibility: Fully accessible
Architect: Ostick & Williams and Stantec
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