Copper for the Crick

The prestigious Francis Crick Institute research facility in London has incorporated Allgood’s Contego range of antimicrobial ironmongery in its laboratory and visitor areas. The Francis Crick Institute is an ambitious collaboration of six founding research partners: the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.

Designed by architects HOK with PLP Architecture, the overall building concept emphasises visual permeability, collaboration and innovative lab planning. A technically complex and challenging construction project, the Crick has been designed to the highest specifications to ensure the most sensitive biomedical research can be undertaken within the facility.

Specified for use within a series of laboratory environments and in high traffic areas including the auditorium doors is Allgood’s Contego antimicrobial copper alloy ironmongery pull handles, push plates and electromagnetic locks. In addition, Contego lever handles and bathroom turns have also been used for WC doors and storage cupboards throughout the building. Providing specialist ironmongery advice and scheduling services, Allgood’s role was of significant importance throughout the tendering and construction process.

Richard van den Bos, Product Manager at Allgood Plc said, "Ideally suited and developed for medical environments is Allgood’s innovative Contego range of ironmongery, formed of antimicrobial copper alloy. A unique product, the Contego range has the appearance of stainless steel, seamlessly integrating with surrounding ironmongery items, whilst harnessing the intrinsic benefits of antimicrobial copper".

In addition to more than 4,500 Contego items that were installed, Allgood also supplied an access control and door automation package including electronic handle sets and automatic door operators.

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