Reid Architecture has been given the thumbs up for a small business centre on the Alba Campus in Livingston, West Lothian.
Arranged around communal, interactive spaces, the 2,100m 2
scheme, for Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian, will create a range of office accommodation for start-up firms, and will be managed by an operator that offers business advice and support.
Clad in untreated Scottish larch cladding, the building includes a new café facility and will boast a glulam timber frame.
Practice director Alan Anthony said: 'We have imported products and systems from the residential and industrial sectors to achieve a more environmentally conscious, cost-efficient solution that challenges the accepted model without compromising BCO standards for offices.
'Throughout the project there has been a drive to employ off-site and prefabricated solutions, in conjunction with the almost total elimination of wet trades.
'For example, prefabricated timber-floor cassettes, as used in residential developments, are proposed as an eco-friendly alternative to concrete planks or poured slab,' Anthony added.
The project will start on site in June and is expected to open its doors by March next year.by Richard Waite