Transforming UCL


Charles Bell House

Project Overview

Charles Bell House is an Edwardian building undergoing a full refurbishment to deliver a new institute for ground breaking collaboration between UCL School of Life and Medical Science and the UCL Faculty of Engineering Science.

The refurbishment of Charles Bell House brings together for the first time researchers from the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, the Centre for Medical Imaging and the Institute of Healthcare Engineering to develop their research in a collaborative manner within one building.

Extensive remodelling of Charles Bell House, which was formerly linked to Middlesex Hospital, is needed to provide some of the latest technologies in lab design and modern accommodation suitable for this world class clinical scientific research. New workspaces will include 248 desk spaces as a mix of permanent and hot desks, open plan write-up space, cellular offices, meeting rooms, wet labs and lab support spaces. The new space will also include seminar/teaching spaces and student hub facilities at ground floor for up to 40 staff and students at any one time.  

The labs will be located in the basement and fourth floor. The larger, more flexible wet labs will be located on the fourth floor with specialist support areas for tissue culture and sequencing work. Within the basement there will be provision for specialist lab work requiring blackout as well as provision for laser work, histology, imaging and engineering workshops. There will also be shared facilities for liquid nitrogen, -20 and -80 freezers, chemical and solvent stores, wash up facilities and consumable storage.

A roof top extension will house new sustainable plant equipment allowing more space within the building for specialist labs such as sequencing and pre-sequencing, histology and specialist imaging facilities.



  • Work started on site in Spring 2016.
  • Completion scheduled for August 2017 and occupation from September 2017


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