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Network Building

Derwent London

A net-zero carbon life sciences building in London's Knowledge Quarter.

Network Building
Derwent London

Located in London’s Knowledge Quarter along Tottenham Court Road, the Network Building builds upon its context of scientific and knowledge-based organisations and architectural heritage of iconic buildings, such as the Heal’s building.

Designed as a highly sustainable and flexible building that can offer offices or laboratories tailored to life sciences research, the building provides an improved public realm at the ground level through extensive landscaping, widened pavements and seating incorporated into the architecture.

The building comprises three volumes: a base with active frontages for new retail and a street-facing work lounge; a middle volume of workspace; and an upper-level pavilion with terraces and green-roof areas around the perimeter of the building.

Designed with a highly flexible floorplate system to accommodate different types of future use, the Network Building is a net-zero carbon development that will utilise an all-electric strategy with electricity from renewable sources, low energy cooling and renewables. The facade features a sculptural repeating module that will be fabricated off-site to ensure minimal material wastage. Blue roofs and rain gardens provide rainwater harvesting and flood management.


Derwent London
Fitzrovia, London
Gross Floor Area:
17,745 sq m
Planning Consented

Project Team

  • HOK, Labs Technical Architect
  • Blackburn & Co, Project Manager
  • DP9, Planning Consultant
  • Point2, Daylight Consultant
  • Donald Insall, Heritage Consultant
  • TFT, Sustainability Consultant
  • Elliott Wood, Structural Engineer (Offices)
  • AKT-II, Structural Engineer (Life Sciences)
  • Norman Disney & Young, Services Engineer (Offices)
  • Arup, Services Engineer (Life Sciences)
  • Caneparo Associates, Transport Consultant
  • LDA Design, Landscape Consultant


  • Studio Archetype, CGIs