The Courtauld Building is to be comprehensively remodelled internally to create a new home for the Medical Research Council's (MRC) Prion Unit. The project will create world class research laboratories in a refurbished building to support the ground breaking work conducted by The Prion Unit.
The Prion Unit is one of the world's leading research centres studying degenerative diseases of the brain and was formed to pursue a major long-term research strategy in prion diseases such as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) and other much commoner causes of dementia such as Alzheimer's disease.
This new research facility will help facilitate a partnership between UCL and the MRC that will advance understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of prion and other neurodegenerative diseases to find ground breaking treatments for patients.
The Courtauld Building has been unoccupied for almost 10 years and will be remodelled so that it provides advanced teaching and research space. This will involve:
- Replacing the rear 1980's façade
- Providing a new main entrance and relocating it to Cleveland Street
- Renewing the roof and fifth floor mansard roof arrangement
- New reception and office space
- New teaching and flexible work space
- New research laboratories
- New research support rooms for microscopes and freezers
- Reposition of the lift shafts and stairwell to create a more open plan and efficient area to better serve the research needs
For more information about The Prion Unit visit www.prion.ucl.ac.uk/welcome.