Orchard Therapeutics


Orchard Therapeutics | London, UK


Approx. 18,000 sq. ft.


21 weeks

Project Goal

Orchard was founded in 2015—but their roots run deeper, going back to some of the first research and clinical development involving hematopoietic stem cell, or HSC, gene therapy. Orchard’s team has played a central role in the evolution of this technology from a promising idea to a potentially life-transforming reality. Today, they carry forward company’s history of visionary science to imagine new possibilities for people and families affected by genetic and other severe diseases.

In 2018, after acquiring GSK’s rare disease gene therapy portfolio, Orchard is advancing a pipeline spanning pre-clinical, clinical, and commercial stage HSC gene therapies designed to address serious diseases.

Our task was to deliver the company’s new HQ & R&D facility at the upcoming research hub of Hammersmith in London. The works involved compliant (CL2) laboratories, and associated offices.

Skills & Results

Orchard Therapeutics were looking to expand their research and development facility in London. After winning the project against a competitor, the Bulb team designed and delivered this facility occupying 75% of the 3rd floor space at 245, Hammersmith Road.

The fit out involved splitting the floor plate into a lab to office ratio of approx. 60:40. The laboratory areas involved general purpose labs, research labs and a production room providing space for a bigger bioreactor. The detailed lab design was carried out following a series of workshops with the scientific personnel working in each lab. The lab benching and room configurations follow the specific process flow undertaken in each room.

Shared facilities included glass wash, cryostorage (LN2/Freezers), consumables and waste storage.

Laboratory services include appropriate ventilation, vinyl flooring, technical lighting, vulcathene drainage, industrial gases distribution and monitoring.

The office space includes an impressive reception, modern open office, several meeting rooms, a large training room that can be opened for townhall meetings and a spacious breakout area.

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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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