The Institute of Life Science Phase 1 building (ILS1) is a high quality purpose-built medical research facility undertaking work involving Medical microbiology, neurology and diabetes research.

The six storey building is home to more than 200 specialists and 20 professor-led research groups focussing on high quality and multi-disciplinary research. The facility contains business and innovation office space as well as a business incubation space at ground floor. The development itself was a collaboration between Welsh Government, Swansea University, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health board as well as various industry partners.

The key objectives for the ILS1 building were to create jobs, provide innovation and create synergies for external clients and companies as well as undertaken successful collaborative research projects, all of which it has exceeded expectations.

The building comprises of a steelwork superstructure combined with precast prestressed concrete planks for the suspended floors which gave excellent efficiencies with regards to construction programme. A large amount of glazing on all elevations provided an excellent working environment internally as well as an iconic aesthetically pleasing building. A very good BREEAM rating was achieved through collaborative involvement within the design team.

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Swansea University


Powell Dobson Architects

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