British Geological Survey HQ clears planning
November 7 2014consent to a three storey research and office building for Heriot Watt University and the British Geological Survey on the institution’s Riccarton campus, Edinburgh.
Designed by Page\Park, Arups and Ian White Associates the research hub will host its own aquarium, open plan laboratories and a 3D visualization room around a rear courtyard of grassed terraces.
The boomerang shaped block pivots around a ‘prow’ of meeting rooms overlooking gardens, which can be merged to create one large conference space, with a second floor balcony offering views out to Edinburgh Castle.
Clad in facing brickwork and curtain walling the scheme includes a first floor walkway which will connect to the existing Enterprise Oil building.
In their design statement Page\Park noted: “The curvilinear prow marks the main building entrance, comprising a lobby, into an open plan space, that looks right through to the garden beyond. A stair, overlooking the courtyard, passes through the floor plates, balanced by a core of toilets and disabled toilet, together with cleaners store, kitchenette and coms room space.”
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