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March 5 2014

Design team appointed for new national blood centre
A design team comprising Reiach & Hall architects, Interserve and Kajima Partnerships have been awarded the contract to build a new laboratory at Heriot-Watt Research Park, Edinburgh, by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS). 

The £50m research and development centre will consolidate existing facilities and incorporates administrative areas to safeguard the future supply of blood, tissue and cells to hospitals.

Mary Morgan, Director of SNBTS, commented: “The National Centre will facilitate the effective introduction of new developments, products and safety measures in a flexible, state-of-the-art building. It is very exciting to have reached this stage of the project and we are looking forward to working with Interserve Kajima to turn their winning design into reality.”

Health secretary Alex Neil added: “This new purpose-built facility will help to modernise the processing and testing of the blood which people across Scotland are donating to help others, and will help to ensure the future supply of blood, tissues and cells for all patients.”

Detailed contractual arrangements will now be put in place to allow delivery through the Scottish Government’s Non-Profit Distributing model, with the project expected to move on site this autumn for completion by spring 2017.

11 Comments

big bert
#1 Posted by big bert on 5 Mar 2014 at 15:01 PM
R+H becoming a tad predictive and .....dull. Not one of there best efforts.
Would look good in Aberdeen
#2 Posted by Would look good in Aberdeen on 5 Mar 2014 at 15:26 PM
This looks like some low grade business park. I am surprised by R&H.
Rem Koolbag
#3 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 5 Mar 2014 at 16:26 PM
Come on, it's one (small) image of a complicated building, and that's enough to slate it?

What about the close up materiality? The detailing? The internal spaces?

R+H are a practice who consistently produce good, robust architecture with appreciation of material and form. Lets judge once Urban Realm can get more piccies eh?
big bert
#4 Posted by big bert on 5 Mar 2014 at 16:51 PM
'What about the close up materiality'? Rem K - It's bricks and glass! C,mon R+H have been knocking this stuff out for years now. Have they ran out of new ideas?
Rem Koolbag
#5 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 5 Mar 2014 at 16:58 PM
What's wrong with bricks and glass?
big bert
#6 Posted by big bert on 5 Mar 2014 at 17:18 PM
Nowt wrong - just saying it's well mannered but dull as sheet.
Dissapointed
#7 Posted by Dissapointed on 5 Mar 2014 at 18:01 PM
I always thought R&H designs were dull. but this one has pushed the boat out zzzzzzzzzz
financial Wizard
#8 Posted by financial Wizard on 5 Mar 2014 at 21:25 PM
They say NPD is not PFI
but this looks very much like a PFI scheme to me
Sad day really if this is what its come too
Unfair
#9 Posted by Unfair on 6 Mar 2014 at 08:58 AM
@Rem Koolbag

Oh ok so its one rule for some and another rule for the rest aye?

ooctopus
#10 Posted by ooctopus on 6 Mar 2014 at 10:32 AM
The only thing boring is the sniping in these comments. (And Unfair, I'd say that's about right)
Rem Koolbag
#11 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 6 Mar 2014 at 11:46 AM
Sorry Unfair, but I don't know what you mean by that...?

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