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AstraZeneca Discovery Centre


Location Client Cost Completion
Cambridge, UK AstraZeneca £1b 2023

Project details

We are lead consultant for AstraZeneca’s new Discovery Centre (DISC), a state-of-the-art global R&D facility. We are also responsible for the executive architecture, combined engineering, landscape, interiors, acoustics and specialist lighting services and for delivering concept architect Herzog & de Meuron’s vision.

A central hub of labs forms the focal point for the centre, to encourage collaborative working across the organisation and with partners within the Cambridge Life Sciences cluster through an open design and campus environment.

The design will aim for BREEAM Excellent, and will feature laboratories that represent best practice in low energy design and one of the largest ground source heat pumps in Europe. Green roofs will also be installed across the majority of the site.

The Discovery Centre is designed to foster collaboration and interaction – helping us accelerate the development of medicines for patients. This state-of-the-art building, the novel technologies and talented scientists it houses, will help us sustain and build the next wave of transformational medicines across our therapy areas.

Mene Pangalos EVP, BioPharmaceuticals R&D


  • provide a new office headquarters and laboratory complex for 2,000 employees who will be located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus


  • the new facility supports AstraZeneca’s drive for scientific leadership by investing in Cambridge, one of the world’s pre-eminent biosciences hotspots
  • Future Cities Forum Awards 2021

Integrated services

acoustic consultant, civil & structural engineering, environmental engineering, executive architecture, design management, graphic design, interior design, landscape architecture, lighting design, wayfinding