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H.E. + Science

Saunders Boston Architects’ expertise in the Higher Education and Science Sectors has grown out of their location in Cambridge, home to the world-famous university and an area that has become internationally important for Scientific Research.

The foundations of the ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’ were laid as much as 50 years ago but it was the development of the Cambridge Science Park in the early 1970’s, and the many others located in and around the City that have followed since, that has enabled the dramatic growth of the UK Biotechnology Cluster.  

Saunders Boston Architects’ first foray into the sector consisted of small laboratory refurbishment and fitting out contracts for fledgling Medical Research and IT companies but has grown to include a mixture of refurbishment, extension and major new build schemes for some of the biggest names in the field.

We provide a range of services within this sector including a full architectural design service from inception to completion but also; Technical Advisory roles, Contractor (D&B) Delivery Architect, Specialist Interior Design and Specialist ‘Laboratory’ design services.

HE Experience


  • Laboratories
  • Imaging Suites
  • Write-up Space
  • Specialist Facilities


  • Laboratories
  • Lecture Theatres
  • Seminar Suites
  • Libraries

IT / Administration  / Support

  • Offices
  • Catering Facilities
  • Student Resource Centres
  • Sports & Leisure
  • Data Centres


  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate

Science Experience

  • Medical Research Facilities
    • Chemistry Laboratories
    • Biology Laboratories
    • Tissue Culture Laboratories
    • Radiopharmaceutical Labs
    • Containment Labs (CL3)
  • Engineering Facilities
    • Electrical Engineering Labs
    • Wind Tunnels
    • Clean Rooms
  • IT Facilities
    • Data Centres
    • POPs
    • Control/Call Centres
  • Veterinary Facilities
    • Small Animal Hospitals
    • Large Animal Hospitals
    • Imaging Facilities
  • Food Production Facilities


John Blair

John has become widely recognised for his expertise in Higher Education, Science and Veterinary projects, and is responsible for all ‘Framework’ projects undertaken for the University of Cambridge and University College London (UCL). Projects range from £250K to £30M+



Nick Green

Nick has extensive experience with Higher Education / Science and Veterinary projects. He has designed and delivered highly serviced, complex laboratory/research and teaching projects in both new and existing buildings for both number of higher education and commercial clients.


  • “I would have no hesitation in recommending Saunders Boston to deliver a range of architectural services.”

    Graham Holmes, University of Kent

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