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Bennetts completes Aberdeen anatomy centre

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February 24 2010

Bennetts completes Aberdeen anatomy centre
Bennetts Associates has completed the £13.8m Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare, a marriage of NHS Clinical Skills Training and the University of Aberdeen’s Department of Anatomy.

Designed to cement links between medical teaching and clinical practice the 6,500sq/m building promotes formal and informal interaction between students and staff.

Central to this ethos is a five storey top lit atrium which acts as a meeting point between the two institutions with high ceilings and natural ventilation specified to articulate a light and airy ambience.

A palette of greys and whites is enlivened by oak panelling and a helical staircase together with incorporation of historic artefacts and newly commissioned artworks. Externally western red cedar cladding is employed to contrast with the grey Aberdeen granite of surrounding buildings.

Sustainable features are prominent in the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accredited structure which exceeds targets for air tightness and passive ventilation. A sedum roof is also used to enhance biodiversity.

Images by Keith Hunter.
Two full size figures composed of MRI scans by well known UK artist Marilene Oliver and a light work based on the Hippocratic Oath by Ron Haseldon are suspended in the atrium space.
Two full size figures composed of MRI scans by well known UK artist Marilene Oliver and a light work based on the Hippocratic Oath by Ron Haseldon are suspended in the atrium space.
Warm red cedar cladding contrasts with the prevailing grey Aberdeenshire granite
Warm red cedar cladding contrasts with the prevailing grey Aberdeenshire granite

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