University of Edinburgh plans delivery of £32m campus hub
July 2 2014£32m Innovation Centre and Campus Hub at its Easter Bush Campus. The new building will provide laboratory and office space for tenant companies alongside a public outreach centre and hub facilities (shop, gym and more) for all based at the campus.
Designed by Atkins the Centre building will provide a ‘visual gateway’ and will stand as the sole structure within a landscaped, car-free strip stretching the full extent of the Easter Bush Campus.
Split into two key elements the design seeks to avoid acting as a barrier, instead focussing on integrating the different elements of the campus with access to this landscaped space by splitting its volume into two, conjoined by a glazed link, with extensive use of natural materials such as stone and a living wall together with a glass skin engraved with a leaf pattern.
The work is the latest step in the ongoing delivery of a 25 year campus master plan which has seen completion of the National Avian Research Facility, Roslin Institute Building and new teaching facilities for the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. The projects form part of a wider effort to attract leading international scientists to the city through signature architecture.
A number of past their sell by date 1950's buildings have been demolished to amke way for the new hub
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