Centre of the Cell to get an embryo Neuron Pod ‘sibling’ at Whitechapel’s Blizard Centre
- Credit: Archant
Planning permission has been given for a second £1.8m science education ‘pod’ at the famous Centre of the Cell complex in London’s East End.
The 30ft ‘Neuron Pod’ is to be connected by a bridge to Queen Mary University’s Blizard Institute behind the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.
Construction begins by March and the university is aiming to have it open by this time next year.
The now-famous Centre of the Cell opened in 2009 currently has an embryo-shaped science centre suspended above Queen Mary’s biomedical research lab which is used for education programmes to inspire pupils to pursue careers in the sciences and involve the public with latest biomedical research.
It has attracted 135,000 people for science activities since opening four years ago as a revolutionary inter-active education centre aimed at galvanising the next generation of scientists and biomedical researchers.
Now the new 70ft-long Neuron Pod—designed by leading architect Will Alsop who created the existing Pod and surrounding Blizard Building with a nerve cell in mind—follows on from four pods inside the building inspired by images of cells or molecules.
It has been planned to cater for a huge public demand, with additional space for live science shows, workshops, experiments, debates, films and exhibitions aimed at showing the latest advances in medical research.
- 1 Cyclist in hospital after lorry collision in Whitechapel
- 2 Section 60 in place across Tower Hamlets after Stepney stabbing
- 3 Mile End: Car crashes into bus stop during police pursuit
- 4 'Lucky' escape: Family flees Bethnal Green fire thanks to fire alarms
- 5 Flats under construction in Hackney Wick to be knocked down and rebuilt
- 6 Warnings issued after four fox clubs found stuck in old car wheels
- 7 Whitechapel nun pens book of 12 stories to inspire selflessness in society
- 8 'A horrific attack': Man suffers critical head injuries from Shoreditch fight
- 9 'Staffing crisis' means children's hospice cannot offer end of life care
- 10 Cycle paths joined up in Aldgate creates 'safe route' through east London
The space will also be used for Key Stage 4 activities for 14 to 16-year-olds and sixth form school visits and to develop more programmes for youngsters with learning difficulties, as well as being used for adult projects in the evenings and weekends.