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Premier Modular takes lead on new Canada Water lab complex

by Liam Turner
A CGI overview of Premier Modular's lab complex project in Canada Water

Premier Modular is leading on a new semi-permanent lab complex in Canada Water, London, built using offsite construction methods.

It is hoped that the development will cement the government’s plan for the UK to lead the way in science and technology over the next decade.

The 3,733m2 lab space comprises 106 modules and will be in place for a maximum of seven years.

The Paper Yard lab and office complex will be timber-clad and topped with 360m2 of green roof.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic and the UK’s action in developing the AstraZeneca vaccine, the government has called for greater investment in life sciences to establish the UK as a global powerhouse.

The Science and Technology Framework from the newly created Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology has identified 10 key actions to cement the UK’s status in the field.

The Canada Water development will include a variety of labs and collaborative spaces

The framework sees providing the best infrastructure for researchers as one of the first steps to ensure the UK attracts talent and further investment.

The Paper Yard, is the second phase of British Land’s STEM Innovation Hub, which will sit at the forefront of the UK’s science and technology development.

Manufactured off site at the Premier Modular factory in East Yorkshire, the lab complex will include a combination of wet labs, computational labs, and specialist lab spaces – together with offices, welfare, and collaborative working spaces.



By using offsite construction, the facility will be completed to a fast-track programme – due for completion in summer 2023.

Also termed ‘modular’ or ‘modern methods of construction’ (MMC), offsite is a more efficient and sustainable than traditional construction methods.

Premier Modular is working alongside architects Hawkins\Brown, main contractor Galldris, MEPH experts Arup, project manager Aecom, fire engineers OFR, cost consultants Gardiner Theobald, and planning consultants DP9 to create the facility.

Mark Rooney, divisional director at Premier Modular, said: “We’re extremely proud to be working on such an important facility to support the UK as it becomes a global leader in science and technology.

“At Premier Modular, we’ve got the technical expertise and experience to provide a building that’s high-quality without the wait of traditional construction.

“The planning permission means the labs can’t be operational for longer than seven years, and using offsite means we can start providing the infrastructure for innovation and discovery right away.”

Main image: A CGI overview of Premier Modular’s lab complex project in Canada Water. Credit: Premier Modular


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