A building to house the world!

The completion of UCL’s (University College London) world leading Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory (PEARL) brings unlimited possibilities to the type of research environments that can be created within this massive column free, 100m long, 40m wide, controlled space.

The building’s areas consist of a reception, offices, kitchen, workshop, social and study areas, mezzanine plant decks and a high-level specialist lighting gantry. A dedicated sound laboratory allows research development to continue in parallel with live simulations.

Employed as UCL’s Independent Client Commissioning Verification Engineer on this ground-breaking project, we worked with UCL and Aecom to deliver a unique facility which enables detailed research into the ways that people interact with any single environment, from a tube station to a Greek amphitheatre or a city street anywhere in the world.

Acoustically the space is dead so the researchers can control the sound to create soundscapes, and the light is managed by a huge lighting array that can recreate any light or sky around the world. The fresh air volume is controlled through plant situated at the north end of the facility and fed in for each simulated environment.

With all the plant being powered by a massive 4,000sqm photo voltaic array, together with the very high performing fabric of the building, it is UCL’s first Net Zero carbon building.

Commenting on PEARL’s completion, Neil Turvey, UCL Estates Development Assistant Director, said:

“This has been an exceptional project from the outset with a clear academic vision. By working and performing as a team from concept to construction, we have been able to deliver this exceptional facility safely, on time and to budget.
PEARL will now enable research into accessibility and mobility whilst providing UCL with its first carbon neutral in use facility, adding to the portfolio of Estates Development projects delivered achieving outstanding sustainability credentials. A great achievement by all those involved.”

Projects / Written 24th August, 2021


What’s in these terms?

This acceptable use policy sets out the terms that apply when you access or interact with the Banyards’ Portal.

Who we are and how to contact us

Our site is operated by Banyard Consultants Ltd (“We”). We are a limited company registered in England under company number 3847976.  Our registered office is 28-30, Worship Street, London, EC2A 2AH.  Our VAT number is GB 826 7615 08.

By using our site you accept these terms

By using our site, you confirm that you accept the terms of this policy and that you agree to comply with them.

If you do not agree to these terms, you must not use our site.

We recommend that you print a copy of these terms for future reference.

There are other terms that may apply to you

Our website Terms and our Privacy Notice also apply to your use of our site.

Portal Content

The Banyards’ Portal allows you to access information reports, data and test results to check and monitor the progress of work undertaken by third party contractors at your site.  You may only use the Banyards’ Portal for the purpose of accessing information in relation to Projects administered by us for you.

Access to the Banyards’ Portal

At the commencement of each Project you will be provided with a unique login password to enable you to access the Banyards’ Portal.  This will then enable you to review the current status on your various Projects.  You are responsible to ensure that the login password will only be given to those of your employees, agents or advisers whom you wish to access information from the Banyards’ Portal.

By accessing the Banyards’ Portal you will be able to review and download copies of information that are posted by us on your Client Portal.

Updating of Information

Information will be regularly updated by us and in any event within 7 days of verification by us of information provided by your contractors.

All information and data uploaded from time to time to your portal will be correct [at the time of upload].

If for any reason, outside our control, we are unable to upload information to the Banyard’s Portal then we will let you know by posting a message on our website and we will take all reasonable steps to minimise any delays in so doing.

If we fail to upload information to Banyards’ Portal in accordance with these terms and such failure arises from any delay on the part of your contractors or the supply by them of inadequate or incorrect information, then we shall have no liability to you arising from such delays or the uploading of incorrect or misleading information provided to us.

We may make changes to the terms of this policy

We amend these terms from time to time. Every time you wish to use our site, please check these terms to ensure you understand the terms that apply at that time.

Breach of this policy

When we consider that a breach of this policy has occurred, we may take such action as we deem appropriate.

Failure to comply with this policy constitutes a material breach of the terms of use upon which you are permitted to use our site, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:

  • Immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use the Banyards Portal.
  • Issue of a warning to you.
  • Legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach.

We exclude our liability for all action we may take in response to breaches of this acceptable use policy. The actions we may take are not limited to those described above, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate.

Which country’s laws apply to any disputes?

The terms of this policy, its subject matter and its formation (and any non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by English law. By using our site you agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

Effective Date

These Terms are effective from January 2019