Royal London Hospital Research Laboratories

1957 three-storey block of laboratories

Research Laboratories, 56–78 Ashfield Street
Contributed by Survey of London on Feb. 17, 2020

This three-storey block on the south side of Ashfield Street opened in 1957. It was designed on reduced lines by N. H. Oatley in 1952, yet plans were produced for a six-bay east extension in 1954–6. Internally, the narrow rectangular plan was divided into an assortment of workshops, laboratories and offices, including a mechanical and engineering workshop that produced instruments for the hospital and its research departments. At its completion the block contained several research units, including physics, dentistry, experimental surgery, industrial medicine, social medicine, venereal disease and oncology. The building currently contains hospital laboratories and offices for the clinical physics department and ICT department.1

  1. Royal London Hospital Archives, RLHLH/P/2/60; RLHTH/S/10/5: Tower Hamlets planning applications online: British Medical Journal, 11 May 1957, pp. 1116–7