1 Midland Road


  • Sector: public
  • Status: 2016
  • Control Protocol: DALI
  • A/C Network: IP
  • Special Features: ATS, BMS
  • No. of Floors: 6 (4 blocks)
  • SQ M: 82,578
  • SQ FT: 888,862
  • Developer: British Library, Francis Crick Institute
  • Main Contractor: Laing O'Rourke
  • M&E Engineers: Arup
  • Electrical Contractor: Crown House
  • Architect: PLP, HOK
  • Accreditations: BREEAM
  • Score: Excellent


  • The only project where Simmtronic have used EnOcean Switchplates. The Switchplates work with high frequencies and are powered by connectic energy. The SPN 400 data exchange suite facilitates the connection between the Simmtronic lighting control system and the other intelligent building services
  • Simmtronic had to supply dual-feeds to handle different lighting modes and interfaced with a central battery system


  • The Institute is named after Francis Crick, the discoverer of DNA (along with James Watson)
  • The building is the biggest single biomedical laboratory in Europe and home to a unique partnership between six of the world’s leading biomedical research organisations, developing ground-breaking research for the improvement of human health courtesy of treatment, diagnosis and overall prevention of human disease
  • The facility is home to 1,250 scientists and incorporates a combined heat and power plant to provide low-carbon on-site power. 1,700 square metres of solar panels sit in the roof providing renewable energy
  • The extensive use of glass allows for an abundance of natural light and all light fittings are energy-efficient. A specialist ecology team advised the project and the building now has landscape areas and wild roof gardens to attract wildlife
  • A third of the building is below ground to reduce the visible size and provide protection to sensitive equipment
  • The building has received multiple awards: 2018 European Healthcare Design Awards – Health and Life Sciences Design; 2017 Royal Town Planning Institutes (RTPI) awards – category: Excellence in Planning to Create Economically Successful Places; 2017 London Best Place to Work; 2016 London First Investment in London’s Future Award; 2011 Bentley Be Inspired – Innovation in Generative Design

Thank you Simmtronic, for your professional, fast and reactive support with the delivery of these projects.

Adam Scadding

EDDS Limited

Simmtronic have delivered a large number of technically challenging projects for DBS and consistently continued to provide outstanding service. Their support, guidance and help throughout the process has been exceptional, working closely with our design teams to ensure the right solution for the project and a sound understanding of the brief, with our delivery teams to ensure the installation and commissioning are trouble free and then providing fantastic after care to the customer. They have added true engineered value into the projects they have been involved in for Derry Building Services.

Geoff Caborn

Derry Building Services

Simmtronic have been a valued member of the DBS supply chain for over 10 years. Their pro-active and collaborative approach to lighting controls from the design stage, through to commissioning is highly valued by both our Design and Delivery Engineers.

Matt Hallam

Derry Building Services

Over the years I have really appreciated the Simmtronic ability to provide responsive support and listening to projects and clients needs. More recently the Simmtronic team has shown the capability to embrace the connectivity requirements of the Internet of Things by quickly adding MQTT to their range of integration protocols. This will greatly facilitate telemetry applications in buildings and the development of interconnected solutions that will make buildings more usable and easier to operate.

Francesco Anselmo


Landsec have consistently used Simmtronic Lighting Control Systems across our new London developments for over 15 years. Simmtronic understand our requirements and get involved at the very early stages of schemes, assisting consultants in achieving the optimum design solution, often taking the lead.  They always overcome the programme challenges they are faced with on site, delivering a quality, fully tested and operational solution, on time and to budget. Simmtronic undertake the maintenance and servicing across much of our London portfolio, they have a customer focused and flexible approach that suits the needs of our business and as well as our customers.

Mark Ponzini


Simmtronic as an organisation has been, for the last 18 years, by far the best performing and most reliable lighting control system I use. From design through to commissioning and soft landings with the landlord teams Simmtronic always deliver on my projects. Simmtronic technology evolution is not just pushed through like others, but rather properly tested internally first, giving us as client teams the assurance that what Simmtronic say they can offer is 100% delivered, an absolute must with fast track major projects.

Alan Williamson


Simmtronic has constantly been available at an early stage to engage both with the designers and the Contracting team to assist with design solutions and to test options. This ultimately assists us in de-risking the project during the commissioning phase which usually defines when the project is completed. Simmtronic is seen as ‘industry standard’ and it is always encouraging to see them involved.

Jo Benson

Derwent London