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VolkerFitzpatrick completes the construction of UCL’s world leading Person-Environment-Activity Research lab (PEARL).
Reconfigurable space, to house life-sized simulated environments
100m long facility
Portal steel frame, with bespoke Kingspan and Coreten cladding
Entirely column-free experiment space
500-person retractable seating area
2,500m2of storage space
Building features a reception, offices, kitchen, workshop, social and study areas
Mezzanine plant decks
High-level specialist lighting gantry
Dedicated sound laboratory
Project has exceeded local authority social value targets
Spare timber from the site recycled and crafted into benches for a neighbouring café
41% of on-site labour sourced from the local area
"VolkerFitzpatrick understood the needs of the client from the start of the project and has worked hard to deliver this exceptional facility safely, on time, and to budget in the middle of the pandemic; a fantastic achievement. PEARL is UCL’s first carbon neutral facility in use and will enable research, into accessibility and mobility in modern cities. A great accomplishment by all those involved."
Neil Turvey, UCL estates development assistant director