Commercial, Education

Sanger Institute

A highly prestigious project, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is part of a £27 million state-of-the-art genome-sequencing hub for Genomics England, the government’s £200 million initiative to decipher 100,000 complete genetic codes.

It leads ambitious collaborations across the globe to provide the foundations for further research and transformative developments in healthcare.

Kier were awarded this prestigious project comprising two phases – phase one, the Sanger Sequencing Building (SSB) completed in 2015 and phase two, the Biodata Innovation Centre (BIC) which will open its doors late 2016.

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Wellcome Trust

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Fairhursts Design Group

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Stud & Track. EOS sections were used as canopy joists alongside standard infill studs


Initiated in early 2014 to accommodate expanding operations, the Sequencing Building is set over three levels of laboratory, support, and office and energy centre space. Completed in summer 2015, this 4,500m2 high-tech facility will keep the Sanger Institute’s operations at the forefront of genetic sequencing now and well into the future.


Phase two comprises flexible new office space for biodata companies involved in research activities relevant to the campus. Linked to the new sequencing laboratories within the adjoining Sanger Sequencing Building, the Biodata Innovation Centre will also provide flexible break-out and meeting spaces to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration, as well as a café and amenities within the bridge link.

The project is part of the Wellcome Trust’s ethos to facilitate and nurture the growth of businesses on campus arising from the Sanger Institute’s pioneering research facilities.


EOS were initially appointed by Kier to assist with the design and supply of phase one of the project. EOS provided their SFS Infill Panels for the new Sequencing Building which was then installed by SCL. EOS then proceeded to secure phase two of the development. As well as designing this part of the build in-house, EOS sections were used as canopy joists alongside standard infill studs. A unique detail was implemented to maintain structural stability and satisfied the large span cladding requirements. Due to the tight programme of works, design was completed and approved in just two days with rapid manufacturing turnarounds.


EOS  were involved in this highly prestigious project right from the design stages and were able to create a bespoke but simple cladding support system which could be manufactured and installed quickly to deliver both phases within the demanding programme deadlines. The result is an architecturally striking and robust build which has led to further collaborations between Kier and EOS.