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The Blizard Building is a building in Whitechapel in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It houses the Blizard Institute, formerly known as the Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, part of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Blizard Building
The Blizard Building
General information
LocationWhitechapel, London, England
Coordinates51°30′59″N 0°03′41″W / 51.5165°N 0.0613°W / 51.5165; -0.0613Coordinates: 51°30′59″N 0°03′41″W / 51.5165°N 0.0613°W / 51.5165; -0.0613
Named forWilliam Blizard
Construction startedNovember 2003
CompletedMarch 2005
Cost£45 million
Design and construction
ArchitectWill Alsop
Main contractorAMEC

The building is named after William Blizard, who founded the London Hospital Medical College in 1785.[1]



The Blizard Building under construction

The building, designed by Will Alsop, was commissioned in Autumn 2000, and built by AMEC. Construction began in November 2003, and was completed in March 2005, at a cost of £45 million. It was officially opened in October 2005 by The Princess Royal.[2][3]

In April 2018, construction began on a £2 million extension in the form of a "Neuron Pod", which opened in March 2019. It was one of the last posthumous works of Alsop, who died one month after construction began.[4]


The design uses colour and unusual forms. Within the glass pavilion are three suspended 'pods', housing meeting spaces, a small lecture theatre and an education centre. The main lecture theatre has 400 seats and is almost entirely green with a few red chairs spotted around to suggest poppies in a meadow.[5] Bruce McLean's designs are featured in coloured glass panels.

The building won the Civic Trust award 2006 and the RIBA regional award (London) 2006.

In popular cultureEdit

In the third episode of the third series of the BBC crime drama Luther, broadcast in 2013, the Blizard Building was used as the filming location for a scene in which DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) meets Mary Day (Sienna Guillory).[6]


  1. ^ "About Sir William Blizard". Blizard Institute. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Information about Blizard Building". WhatDoTheyKnow. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  3. ^ "About the Blizard Building". Blizard Institute. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Neuron Pod: Will Alsop's intergalactic porcupine of knowledge". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Blizard Building". Events & Hospitality QM. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Luther Episode #3.3 Filming Locations". IMDb. Retrieved 18 May 2019.

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