The Crick Institute, London

From Workstream Pulse, Spring 2014

A unique partnership between six of the UK's most successful scientific establishments, the Francis Crick Institute will, when it opens next year, be a world-class research centre and one of the most significant developments in UK biomedical science for a generation. The construction of the institute, managed by main contractor Laing O'Rourke, features a highly innovative piling technique using fibre optic cables to measure the strain distribution and temperature of 260 piles, instantly showing actual performance. Precast concrete plunge columns with stainless steel reinforcement reduce the magnetic field in the laboratory imaging suites located in the basement to avoid affecting their highly sensitive scientific equipment. The 14 metre long, 15 tonne columns are the largest ever manufactured off site.

Workstream's engineering division has been involved with one of the company's engineers on site with subcontractor Clear Line completing a number of tasks including setting out, transferring datums, checking line and level, surveying and As Builts.