Major milestone for new research facility at Hammersmith
15 September 2010
College staff, contractors and guests gathered at a topping out ceremony on the roof of the L Block development on 14 September, to celebrate a major milestone in its construction. The ceremony at the Hammersmith Campus marked the point when the building achieved its full height.
Former Principal of the Faculty of Medicine and Deputy Rector, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, also attended the ceremony in his capacity as Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council. He and the Rector, Sir Keith O’Nions, planted a sprig of yew on the roof, following an ancient tradition to bring the new building good luck.
The new development will be a flagship building for the Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC), the College’s partnership with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Researchers and clinicians will work alongside one another, realising the AHSC’s aims to translate research discoveries rapidly into advances in patient treatment and care.
Thanking contractors, funders and College staff involved in the project, the Rector said: “Looking to the future is something that is as important in times of economic difficulty as outside of them, and developing world class facilities is crucial. The L Block development will ensure research on this campus goes from strength to strength in the years ahead.”
— John-Paul Jones, Communications and Development
See a video animation of the new campus