PEARL, the Person-Environment-Activity-Research-Laboratory, was officially opened on Tuesday 18th October 2022.

“This is the most amazing research facility I’ve ever had the opportunity to visit. A flagship for creative trans-disciplinary research at UCL. Hats off to Professor Nick Tyler for having the vision and the persistence to make Pearl come into existence!”

– Prof Hugo Spiers, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience UCL, Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation

PEARL is University College London’s (UCL) award-winning first net-zero carbon in-use building. This new and unique research facility for the creation of full-sized environments tests how people use infrastructure and cities, with the goal of improving urban design, for a more accessible and sustainable future. The highly adaptable research and collaborative workspaces serve as a prototype for new post-Covid ways of working.

Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker said the vision for PEARL was “To create a better world in which people and the environment can thrive together in a mutually beneficial way.”