Kennedy Institute Extension, Oxford
Fathom have been appointed by The University of Oxford – our third commission in three years – to extend the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology. A significant expansion in translational medicine and data science-based research has meant an increase in staff numbers and a need for dry lab space suitable for bioinformatics and clinical trial management.
Having interrogated the brief through workshops with users, we proposed an additional floor, working with laboratory specialist Novus Space on an efficient layout, providing for 64 additional research staff, 7 meeting rooms, a collaboration area and an open plan workspace. Façade designs respect the existing building designed by Make, utilising the existing palette but improving environmental performance to meet PassivHaus standards.