The Francis Crick Institute winner of RTPI’s Planning Excellence Award

07 07 2017

The Francis Crick Institute has won the Silver Jubilee Cup at the RTPI Awards 2017 in the category for Planning Excellence to Create Economically Successful Places.

Following an invited competition in 2010, Fred Pilbrow led the team at PLP Architecture to collaborate with HOK on the design of The Francis Crick Institute, the new 855,750 ft² national centre for biomedical research adjacent to the Grade I listed St Pancras International Station.

The development is the result of a unique collaboration between six of the world’s most influential scientific and academic organisations: the Medical Research Council; Cancer Research UK; the Wellcome Trust, University College London, Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The process led to intensive consultation with the local planning authority in Camden, the GLA and other stakeholders and the strength and clarity of the design approach won support for the detailed planning application submitted in August 2010. Camden approved the proposal in December 2010 and construction was completed in 2016.

According to the jury, this strong engagement with the community resulted in clear improvements to the projects and benefits for the local community.