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June 7 2011

Designs emerge forlatest phase of Edinburgh Biomedical masterplan
A planned fourth phase of works at the Edinburgh Biomedical masterplan have edged closer with the naming of shortlisted teams.

Amongst them is a bid by Alan Dunlop architect, Morgan Sindall and Erz landscape architects to incorporating 1msq/ft of 21st century lab space on a sensitive site dating back to the 13th century.

Dunlop said: "I think that the lab design we developed is perfect. It seemed to us that there are lots
of opportunities for linking such a structure to create interesting layouts and variety, social spaces and support particularly on plan and in height, linked to landscape. We were influenced by Kahn, of course at Salk.

“ However, from our experience as architects, designers and landscape architects and Morgan Sindall's expertise in lab design we're generating much interest in developing it for use elsewhere".

Keppie’s masterplan for the biomedical quarter, located in Edinburgh’s Little France district, entails a 15 year vision.
Designs emerge forlatest phase of Edinburgh Biomedical masterplan
Designs emerge forlatest phase of Edinburgh Biomedical masterplan

The full masterplan is valued at £200m
The full masterplan is valued at £200m
The masterplan will connect with the adjacent Royal Infirmary
The masterplan will connect with the adjacent Royal Infirmary

4 Comments

Carlo M
#1 Posted by Carlo M on 7 Jun 2011 at 15:22 PM
Dunlop? Edinburgh? 13th Century? How did this slip through? I have worked on the other phases and they are nothing like this. Great drawings though, as usual !
Alan Dunlop
#2 Posted by Alan Dunlop on 8 Jun 2011 at 10:11 AM
There's a compliment in there somewhere Carlo, I'm sure. Yes it's true, proposals are nothing like the other phases but emphasis as much on recognising that this site has a grain and history that requires a less conventional approach. Also lab architecture needs a shake up, don't you think?
Carlo M
#3 Posted by Carlo M on 8 Jun 2011 at 14:32 PM
Apologies Mr Dunlop, did not mean anything by it. It is a special part of the site that needs a more fitting response than the repetition of classic masterplan square doughnut with parking at the centre, I agree. I've heard that you and Mr Fraser have made up but recognise that that is too rediculous to be true!!!!
Annabel
#4 Posted by Annabel on 8 Jun 2011 at 21:08 PM
It looks great! This type of design is something that is desperately needed in the science (and architecture) community. Being a lone neurology student in a family of architects means I know quite a bit about both worlds. It seems to me that Lab Design is the domain of the poorest architects these days and needs a shakeup. With all new funding that has just been given this project would be excellent, so good luck! Looking forward to seeing more, especially the internal design of the labs Alan, "hint hint" :P

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