Dual identity Govan health hub wears lab & office space on its sleeves
July 3 2022
A 6,000sq/m health innovation hub has been proposed for Govan, bridging the area’s shipbuilding heritage and emerging reputation for precision medicine through its facades.
Designed by Hawkins/Brown with HarrisonStevens and WSP on behalf of R&D landlord Kadans the encourage health cluster.
Split equally between laboratory and office space both halves are offset along a central access and collaboration spine, a direct response to the Linthouse Road roundabout, with accommodation arranged as a grid for leasing adaptability.
In a statement Hawkins/Brown wrote: “These two primary uses are articulated through the shifting form of the building acting as two blocks. As the building is located on the west of the site, the blocks have been shifted to address the corner constraint. The blocks are interlaced to give an equal amount of space for both the lab and offices.
“The north block which faces the River Clyde will be clad in rust red tones to reflect the shipbuilding history and the south block which faces the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital will be clad in silver tones to reflect the use as a cutting edge research facility.”
Contrasting facades of terracotta and grey glass fibre reinforced concrete will convey the differing building uses internally, with the bulk of the 0.7-hectare site dedicated to a 98 spot surface car park.
Subject to tenant demand a second phase could be built on part of this land with building services designed specifically to accommodate this.
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