The Francis Crick Institute

  • IT
  • Relocation
  • Specialist Relocation

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery facility dedicated to understanding why disease develops and to find new ways to treat, diagnose and prevent illness.  The creation of this state-of-the-art facility with nearly one million square foot of floor space in Kings Cross was one of the single biggest construction projects in the UK in recent times.  

Merging the Medical Research Councils National Institute for Medical Research and Cancer Research UK’s London Research Institute under one roof, the project included the most significant scientific laboratory relocation of its kind in Europe and required the migration of:

  • 1,500 staff
  • 101 lab groups
  • 15 specialist technology platforms
  • University partner moves
  • 17,500 laboratory equipment items
  • 1,500 crates of chemicals
  • Desktop and server equipment
  • Live cold move including fridges & freezers, liquid nitrogen vessels
  • Specialist areas such as Drosophila (fruit flies), BRF, Insectary,
  • Containment levels 3 and 4
  • Hazardous and biological materials
  • Bespoke and standard glassware
  • Laboratory consumables
  • Write up area crates

Download the case study below and read how Premier successfully delivered this unique specialist relocation project from planning through to implementation including:

  • Engaging with over 100 vendors to decommission and recommission specialist equipment ranging from robots and cameras to microscopes, centrifuges and hoods whilst meeting original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requirements
  • Arranging the relocation of the 1.5m long and 1.65m diameter NMR magnet into the sub-basement using a large crane air hoist lifting device positioned in the adjacent British Library and involving taking up a section of pavement
  • Safely and consistently transporting 1,700 industrial fridges and freezers retaining their sub-zero temperatures throughout the move and over 1,500 crates of up to eleven classification types of chemicals
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CASE STUDY: The Francis Crick Institute Relocation Project