Paul O'Gorman, University College London, London

Date Built
72 Huntley Street
The Paul O'Gorman Building is a medical laboratory centre belonging to University College London.  It is named after a young cancer victim and supported by the cancer charity formed in his name.  Grimshaw Architects designed this building and linked it to the adjacent listed building that was already part of the UCL campus.  Grimshaw's website explains that, "... The building design provides a site for heavily-serviced research laboratories and teaching spaces in a modern large-span structure. By contrast, the listed building was restored to provide accommodation for staff offices, administration and other back-up facilities. The two buildings are separated by a recess, allowing the old and new structures to retain a distinct design identity.  .....

... The design focus is on the Huntley Street elevation. The precast concrete panels of the facade retain the details of their own construction, reflecting the mechanisms and structures of biology. A terracotta louvre-bank is suspended across the front of the panels."

The UCL website has a page explaining the legacy of Paul O'Gorman.  It says that, "... What began as a small memorial charity is now Britain's leading charity dedicated exclusively to the conquest of childhood leukaemia through pioneering research, new treatment and support of leukaemic children and their families. The name Paul O'Gorman has become synonymous with excellence, commitment, and hope in the research and treatment of childhood leukaemia."

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