Transforming UCL


Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory (PEARL)

PEARL (Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory) will be a unique facility that will explore the ways in which people interact with their environment. Due to open by 2022.

A hanger with an adjustable flooring and a single tube train carriage. An office space is on the left overlooking the main area

10 September 2019

Profile Overview

This unique, reconfigurable lab has been designed for multi-scale research into access and mobility in its broadest sense, from navigating kerbs in wheelchairs to observing people flow in, off and within transport to improve train design and maximise space inside aircraft. The facility will encourage the local community to engage with the research as participants. key features will be:

  • Reconfigurable flooring modules
  • 100 metre planned length of the facility
  • Carpentry workshop for making scenery and set buildings
  • Specialist lighting and sound systems
  • Studio space for 3d printing and sound design
  • Eight decommissioned train carriages
  • Space for 600 research participants