Institute of Cancer Research, Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery

Sutton, England

Project Summary

The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR)’s Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery is a state-of-the-art research facility and working space. Housing a global centre of expertise in anti-evolution therapies, it now welcomes world-renowned researchers in a single collaborative space.

MGAC's Role

MGAC worked for the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) on two contracts for the Centre of Drug Discovery: for the building’s construction, and for post-completion works.

We put together tender documentation for single-stage procurement, and selected a quality contractor with plenty of relevant experience at a competitive cost.

Beyond day-to-day tasks, we provided advice, compiled reports for funding applications and provided ad hoc project management advice.


Given the nature of the project, technologies advanced during the design and fundraising process, which meant initial costings and feasibility assessments needed to be revisited. Implementing these changes posed the greatest challenge to the project, as funding had to be procured from various sources along the way.

MGAC had plenty of experience with similar constructions, but these types of equipment used in cancer research labs were new to us in the UK. We had worked with this client on many similar office projects, so trust was there to expand into this new territory.

Success Factors

We were grateful for a very clear project brief. This meant that once the right specialists had been procured, the project was on track for a smooth delivery.

MGAC’s experience, knowledge and problem-solving skills have guided the project from early feasibility stages, before fundraising began. We kept the objectives close-to-heart to ensure the final build was exactly what the client wished for.