Imperial College West - Molecular Sciences Research Hub

Imperial College West is London’s Department of Chemistry and has a long and prestigious heritage. The new Molecular Science Research Hub forms the centre-piece of the campus.

MAP was honoured to be selected to work on this project, chosen for our industry expertise and bespoke work. The task involved repurposing an existing office building into high-quality laboratories across six floors. MAP rose to the challenge, showcasing our unique set of skills and designing a hybrid product specifically for the job.


Imperial College West - Molecular Sciences Research Hub


Hoare Lea

Project type:

Industrial & Research



Installation type:

Ceiling mounted above fume cabinets



The Molecular Science Research Hub forms the centre-piece of the Imperial College West campus and aims to bring together up to 800 researchers from a range of backgrounds to address and explore developments in areas such as energy, healthcare, and sustainability.

Our primary role was to repurpose an existing office building to deliver high-quality laboratories across six floors, focusing largely on the fume cupboards. 

We utilised our expert knowledge to design a bespoke hybrid ventilation product. The hybrid version of the Climecon ROL product, combined with ROX nozzles, meant the new product was able to handle very high volumes and air change rates in the critical fume cabinet areas of the laboratory.  It also met the rigorous standards of these high-functioning areas.

We used Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to prove the new hybrid product would work in real life situations and optimise the effective laboratory space. Using CFD, we analyzed complex problems involving fluid - fluid, fluid-solid and fluid-gas interactions. With our partners Climicon, we tested various environmental scenarios, requested by our clients, meeting their specific needs from the space and ensuring the landmark building delivered the vision for major advances in the chemical and molecular sciences.

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