University of Edinburgh innovation hub unveiled
May 2 2018£23m animal science innovation centre and campus hub, part of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.
Designed by Atkins the Charnock Bradley Building provides 7,000sq/m of shared facilities for students, staff and researchers in addition to a gym, student services, café, laboratory and exhibition space as well as start-up offices for biomedical companies.
Conceived as a ‘grounded triangular block’ faced in natural stone the hub boasts a living green wall complete with its own irrigation system to help it meld with the surrounding landscape and the next door Roslin Institute.
Lead architect Neil McLean said: “Our design allowed for open spaces that help build a community between the building users. We’ve designed to allow for maximum adaptability and flexibility within the building. The laboratory and office spaces, for example, can be easily arranged in an open-plan, group, or small-scale format depending on the end-user’s requirements. We wanted the building to be loose and flexible, and able to accommodate any use the tenants envision in future, optimising the space for collaboration and innovation.”
With a BREEAM Excellent rating the hub sits behind an elevated glazed ellipse with post-tension flat concrete slabs allowing for exposed soffits, affording the twin benefits of thermal mass cooling and stortage.
Photography by Tom Manley
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