National Physical Laboratory - Teddington


We were part of the successful Laing PFI consortium appointed to design and build the major laboratory development for the Department of Trade and Industry on the historic Bushy Park site in Teddington.

This large and complex project required innovative design solutions to work within the constraints of existing mature trees, contaminated ground, research methods of the scientists and the historic context of site. The site is noted for its association with a number of famous British scientists and inventors including Sir Issac Newton, being the home of the infamous apple tree, and the location for testing of the Bouncing Bomb.

The historic issues drove the design and we were later commissioned to undertake the restoration of the gardens for the grade 1 listed Bushy House.

Key Features

  • Parkland setting for the new building,
  • Complex masterplanning and phasing
  • Sensitive historic site