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Our sites and facilities

Employees of The Institute of Cancer Research work at one of our two London sites – in Chelsea and Sutton. These sites house specialist research laboratories and equipment, as well as corporate offices for support staff.

Relaxing in the cafeteria at the Chester Beatty Laboratories (Charlie Milligan for the ICR 2014)

The purpose-built Chester Beatty Laboratories building in Chelsea is home to the Breakthrough Toby Robins  Breast Cancer Research Centre and the Divisions of Breast Cancer Research, Cancer Biology and Structural Biology. Scientific facilities at the Chelsea site include the supercomputing, microscopy and mass spectrometry laboratories.

The Chelsea site is also home to a staff restaurant serving hot and cold food and drinks throughout the day.

The administrative headquarters of the ICR can be found on Old Brompton Road, a 5-minute walk from Chester Beatty Laboratories. This building houses administrative teams involved in academic services, communications, finance, fundraising, HR and IT.

There are cycle racks and showers at both the Chester Beatty Laboratories and the headquarters on Old Brompton Road.

The Sutton site is close to the beautiful countryside of the North Downs and has good transport links to Central London, with frequent buses to Belmont and Sutton stations close by. There is limited car parking for staff, and cycle racks are provided. The application form and criteria for consideration for a staff parking permit can be downloaded from the Site Management (Transport) intranet page.

There are a number of purpose-built laboratories housed at the Sutton site. These include laboratories for the Divisions of Cancer Therapeutics, Clinical Studies, Genetics and Epidemiology, Molecular Pathology, and Radiotherapy and Imaging.

Academic facilities at the Sutton site include chemistry labs, medical imaging equipment, microscopy labs, an extensive research library, and centres in which clinical trials are conducted.

The Sutton site also houses some excellent recreational facilities including: a gym which is free to all staff; a sports and social club which has an indoor swimming pool, bar, squash court, tennis courts and a large sports hall. Membership of the club is free to all staff (there is a small charge for some activities and the pool). A staff restaurant offers hot and cold food, snacks and beverages.

Staff working at the Sutton site have access to child places at the Royal Marsden’s nursery (subject to availability) and discounted places on local holiday play schemes.

A regular shuttle bus service transports ICR staff and students between the two sites for free.


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