A striking new wooden ‘collaboration hub’ in the centre of the former Eli Lilly and Company campus in Windlesham has been revealed in plans for the building’s new occupier.

Biopharmaceutical giant UCB, which acquired the site late last year, plans to turn the 19-hectare campus into one of three global research and design hubs. Its Slough operation, currently run from three buildings, will be transferred there.

The partially-submerged 2,870 sq m will replace a courtyard area and connect different wings of the site which is being refurbished.

The project team includes Heatherwick Studio and Veretec on design and planning along with engineering consultancy AKT II and design manager Plan A.

UCB project lead Catherine Nikolaou told the Architects’ Journal: “Our ambition is to make the Windlesham campus a sustainable one. One which integrates with and echoes the landscape to create a collaborative and energising environment where innovation can thrive.”

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