Delivering the Rosalind Franklin Laboratory

How collaborative working helped transform an industrial building in Royal Leamington Spa into one of the world’s largest coronavirus diagnostic testing facilities in record time.

Compressing a programme from 30 months into a timeframe of less than a year is evidence that the traditional marathon approach to design needs to become a sprint. A strong rhythm of communication across the project team, and decision making, was essential to achieving this.

We used charrettes – short, intense design meetings where we sketched out ideas and implemented client feedback in real time, securing important decisions by the end of the session. Exploiting the latest digital approaches to collaborative design was also vital. But above all, embedding the right culture ensured success.

To keep up the pace you need one team with a common goal, people who collaborate and are open – particularly to challenging others and to being challenged themselves.
Helen Buckingham Senior Project Manager