Kadans Science Partner & Canary Wharf Group


Kadans Science Partner & Canary Wharf Group | 20 Water Street, Canary Wharf


Approx. 38,000 sq. ft. L4 & L5


25 weeks

Project Goal

Canary Wharf Group, developer of Europe's largest urban regeneration project, builds and manages property and real estate in Canary Wharf. They have formed a joint venture with Kadans Science Partner. Kadans’ mission is to build and support innovative ecosystems. With industry-leading intelligence, knowledge and experience Kadans offers state-of-the-art specialist accommodation and access to an ecosystem of industry-leading businesses, to optimise our tenants’ success and stimulate innovation together.

Kadans and CWG recently announced that they had formed a joint venture to establish a new UK Life Sciences cluster at Canary Wharf. This new proposition, The London Innovation Centre, is the latest milestone in the first phase of ecosystem creation. The process is running concurrently to the joint venture’s development of 823,000 sq ft GIA commercial health and life science focused building, the largest in Europe, on the 3.3-hectare North Quay at Canary Wharf which is expected to be ready in 2026.

Detailed design and development to the approval of the professional team, to convert shell & core office space into the new CL2 wet lab innovation centre for Kadans and The Canary Wharf Group. The London Innovation Centre provides much needed access to fully fitted, best in class laboratories and amenity rich space for developing life science companies.

Skills & Results

Bulb were successful in winning a two-stage tender to complete this project for Kadans, who had leased two floors from The Canary Wharf Group. Their new London Innovation Centre required the conversion of shell and core office space into CL2 wet laboratory space.

For Kadans we converted floors four and five, totalling 38,000 sq ft, at the BREEAM outstanding 20 Water Street, into flexible, fully serviced CL2 wet labs ranging in size from 200 sq ft to 5,000+ sq ft. Using Kadans unique proposition tenants will be able to occupy from a single lab bench to 5,000+ sq ft.

The Innovation Centre tenants benefit from access to shared equipment facilities including autoclaves, glass wash, -80 freestanding freezer and on-floor LN2 storage as well as an in-house Lab Technician to support their growth.

The key to the conversion of two floors for lab use was the creation of two additional plant rooms, with new air handling units on each floor and external louvres to the façade. Plant rooms also house a CAT 5 booster set with drip tray and leak detection.

The floors were divided into various sizes of laboratories with some rooms serviced in a way which allows some flexibility of use. The lab areas required sprinkler and fire alarm adaptions and the installation of metal ceiling tiles.

Office areas included reception area, meeting rooms, breakout space and tea point. These had exposed ceilings with some supplementary acoustic baffles.

New furniture was provided throughout both the laboratory and office areas.

Consultant: Bulb Laboratories

Photo Credit: Gary Mills, Saw Mill Films


Laboratory benching forms a central part of any laboratory and procuring the laboratory benching to suit your equipment needs and budget is important to us.

If you prefer fixed, robust benching or modular benching that offers flexibility and reconfiguration, our laboratory furniture manufacturers can deliver the perfect solution.

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Depending on your research focus your worktop design requirements might change to allow:

  • Chemical resistance
  • Bacterial resistance
  • Water & moisture resistance
  • Durability & scratch resistance
  • Ease of cleaning
  • High impact

Trespa Toplab Base is the industry favourite, but we can offer alternative worktops such as Corian, Stainless Steel, Epoxy Resin, Hardwood, Phenolic Resin to match your needs.

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We offer both wall mounted and benchtop shelving for reagents, typically in either 18mm MFMDF or 16mm Trespa Toplab Base. Wall shelving is mounted on a bracket system, while benchtop shelving is typically supported by fabricated steel frame.

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Fume Cupboards & Extract

Properly ventilated Fume Cupboards offer a safe way to handle chemicals and solvents in laboratories.

From ducted to portable ductless Fume Cupboards, our specialist and experienced partners are at hand to advise and install the right solution.

We provide Fume Cupboards manufactured and installed to meet the industry requirements (e.g. BS EN 14175) in various sizes (External Width 1000mm - 1200mm - 1500mm - 1800mm - 2000mm), Specifications and types (Bench Mounted, Walk In, Double Fronted, Integral Scrubber, HF Type, Thin Wall Bench Mounted) to meet your requirements and safe extraction.

Unsure of what type to go for? Our lab furniture suppliers can help, just get in touch.

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Safety Cabinets

If you prefer fixed, robust benching or modular benching that offers flexibility and reconfiguration, our laboratory furniture manufacturers can deliver the perfect solution.

Whether you need Class I, II or III to handle Hazard Group 1 to 4 pathogens we can recommend suitable furniture suppliers.

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Specialist & Other Requirements

If you have any specific needs such as Cold Room or Clean Room installation services, Industrial Gases, Liquid Nitrogen, Non-ionising Radiation (LASER), Plumbing, Temperature & Humidity Control or other, we can help.

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