The Francis Crick Institute is the UK’s foremost independent biomedical research facility, conducting world-class discovery to understand life and benefit human health.
The institute is housed in a trailblazing centre of excellence that supports scientific goals and promotes public engagement. The Institute’s founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL, Imperial College London and King's College London.
The Francis Crick Institute’s award-winning building is welcoming and accessible, open to the public for lectures, exhibitions, with a teaching laboratory for school children. Designed by architects HOK and PLP Architecture, the 84,000 m2 facility houses 1,500 scientists and staff across four basement levels including two interstitial plant floors, and eight levels above ground containing laboratory, plant, support, administration, and amenity areas.
The site is an irregularly-shaped piece of land of about 1.6 hectares located in central London immediately to the north of the British Library and bounded by Brill Place (formerly Phoenix Place) to the north. The building was sensitively designed with respect to its surrounding buildings, of which many are historic.