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Old Aberdeen looks to the future with £35m Science Hub

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January 12 2018

Old Aberdeen looks to the future with £35m Science Hub
The University of Aberdeen has lodged plans to build a Reiach & Hall designed Science Teaching Hub to unify lab-based education within the campus following a public consultation.

Offering 4,000sq/m of net floorspace the building will be centred on a central break out and engagement space with open circulation throughout. Externally the property will be faced in large stone panels to reflect the modular nature of the build the hub will also employ anodized aluminium and curtain wall glazing.

Horner + Maclennan have been tasked with overseeing landscaping which will include a paved frontage, lighting and cast stone street furniture.

Explaining their façade treatments, the architects observed: “The building is planned on 3.3m laboratory bench planning grid using a 6.6m structural grid to provide clear spans for maximum flexibility. This is expressed in elevation

with consideration for floor levels and site context scale, and areas of solid and void, providing a syntax for an architectural language.”

It is expected that work will get underway by mid-2019 for completion by the first quarter of 2021.
Extensive plant will be camouflaged in the roof space
Extensive plant will be camouflaged in the roof space
Extensive public realm will integrate the hub within its campus setting
Extensive public realm will integrate the hub within its campus setting

5 Comments

Philip
#1 Posted by Philip on 14 Jan 2018 at 09:21 AM
I love it when the areas of solid and void provide a syntax for an architectural language....
HappyasLarry
#2 Posted by HappyasLarry on 16 Jan 2018 at 08:19 AM
#1 Sir, Your scarcely concealed vituperation for the loquacious architectural prose I find to be both provocative and impertinent.
mick
#3 Posted by mick on 16 Jan 2018 at 10:50 AM
It is unfortunate that R+H are now reduced to rolling out mere examples of an architectural cliche virtually irrespective of context and function.
How long can this continue ?
DanTheMan
#4 Posted by DanTheMan on 16 Jan 2018 at 12:03 PM
Looks brilliant!
mick
#5 Posted by mick on 16 Jan 2018 at 19:04 PM
Honesty is long overdue, this is a further example of inadequate architecture attempting acceptability by means of common language. reminds me of Common Purpose......God forbid!!

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