Riccarton robotarium programmed for site start
February 26 2020
Michael Laird Architects have prepared plans for a National Robotarium spearheaded by Heriot Watt University to serve as a centre for robotics and autonomous systems research.
Part of a broader masterplan for six new buildings arranged along a landscaped ecological corridor to the north east of the main campus the development will meet the street via a series of pedestrian bridges spanning a watercourse.
Summarising the application the practice wrote: “The vision for the National Robotarium is to create the UK’s leading innovation hub for the practical application of robotics and autonomous systems.
“The building has been carefully sited to align with an ecological corridor designed to encourage bio-diversity and promote a sustainable environment that incorporates drainage attenuation with ‘bridges’ over to the building. An essential regional water main is protected by a wayleave to the south-east of the ecological corridor.”
The chosen design centres on a double-height atrium offering physical and visual access to all spaces, including flexible display areas housed behind a double skin façade to trap heat in winter and provide ventilation in warmer months.
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