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Heriot Watt secure planning for £19m Riccarton teaching space

October 27 2017

Heriot Watt secure planning for £19m Riccarton teaching space
Heriot Watt University is to proceed with a £19m teaching space specialising in engineering, computing and maths after securing planning permission from The City of Edinburgh.

To be built on the western outskirts of Edinburgh at the University’s Riccarton campus the 5,200sq/m building places an emphasis on collaborative learning and will incorporate its own incubator space for business start-ups.

Set amidst parkland the building will comprise two separate teaching wings arranged around a central atrium with a curving glass lochside block to the south and a rectangular engineering block to the north formed from light bronze aluminium cladding above a robust brick base.

Sheppard Robson partner James Dick, commented: “The design has been carefully composed to encouage collaboration between students and staff, embrace new ways of learning that will have a direct impact on students’ ability to put theories into practice. The back drop to the exchange of ideas will be the campus’ green spaces, with the building making the most of this setting.”

The primary entrance is sandwiched between both blocks, leading directly to a double height space housing a café and informal learning areas.

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