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The building provides first class facilities to some of the world’s leading scientists and creates an environment in which innovative medical research and collaboration can flourish

A Delmatic DALI system manages lighting throughout the complex and shares sensor data to optimise efficiency through occupancy-related lighting and HVAC control


The birthplace of modern molecular biology


size27,000 sq.m
architectRMJM architects
consultantK J Tait Engineers
contractorBAM Construction / Rotary


Design & Development
Emergency Monitoring & Testing
BMS Integration
HVAC Integration
Scene Setting
Project Management
Connected Systems
Lifetime Support

“The Nobel Prize factory”

The new Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge Is one of the most prestigious multidisciplinary laboratory and research centres in the world, and is the birthplace of modern molecular biology. Many techniques have been pioneered at the laboratory including DNA sequencing, and scientists working at the LMB have won nine Nobel prizes, dozens of Royal Society awards and numerous other scientific honours leading to the centre being described as Britain’s factory for Nobel prizes.

Designed to optimise energy efficiency

The building optimises energy efficiency through a number of means including renewable energy, heat recovery wheels to exchange energy between outgoing and incoming air, blinds that minimise heat build-up, and an intelligent Delmatic system that reduces light intensity when daylight is available and also controls lighting and HVAC according to occupancy.

The Delmatic DALI system controls and manages lighting throughout the building, providing individual DALI addressable switching, dimming and monitoring of every luminaire as well as individual testing and monitoring of DALI emergency fittings.

High level of flexibility

The high level of addressability within the system enabled designers to establish control parameters that best suit the design and usage of each area including illuminance levels to suit activities within specific areas: powerful user control empowers occupants with control of lighting scenes and levels. The result is a highly flexible solution that is easily adjusted as functions or requirements change within the building.

Connected DALI sensor control lighting and HVAC

DALI presence detectors and multisensors within office, support and write up areas provide absence detection and daylight linking to maximise energy efficiency. To optimise energy efficiency, the Delmatic sensors pass on occupancy information for each area to the BMS so that heating/cooling also links to occupancy and is only used where required.

Extensive real-time monitoring

The system provides extensive real time monitoring of the installation including individual lamp failure, ballast failure and emergency monitoring failure of every luminaire including lighting in plant areas and basement link tunnels.

Modular plug-and-play design essential for continuity in laboratory environment

The modular Delmatic hardware with full distributed-intelligence functionality coupled with the plug-in connectivity proved beneficial for the initial installation and will assist in rapid plug-and-play maintenance which is critical in a world-class laboratory environment.