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Competition: National Robotarium, Edinburgh

Heriot Watt's Riccarton Campus on the outskirts of Edinburgh
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Heriot-Watt University is recruiting an architect to design a landmark £35 million robotics centre

The team chosen for the estimated £800,000 contract will draw up plans for a centre of excellence featuring research and collaborative spaces on the university’s suburban Riccarton Campus (pictured) on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

The project is part of the £1.3 billion South East of Scotland City Deal, which will see up to £350 million invested in new innovation centres across the region over the next 15 years. Other schemes benefiting from the deal include David Chipperfield Architects’ £45 million home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

In its brief, the university says the National Robotarium ‘will be the UK’s leading innovation hub for the practical application of robotics and autonomous systems.

‘Through the City Deal, the university aims to build upon this partnership and create the UK’s National Robotarium, with the objective of building a world-leading centre for robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) within this city region.’

Heriot-Watt University was founded in 1821 and named after Scottish inventor James Watt and goldsmith George Heriot. Today it has more than 30,000 students in campuses in Scotland and across the world. It already has a robotics centre with around 100 staff.

Bidders for the contract must have an annual turnover of at least £1.6 million and hold £5 million employer’s liability insurance, £10 million professional indemnity insurance, and £5 million public liability insurance. Bids will be evaluated 80 per cent on quality and 20 per cent on cost.

The deadline for applications is midday, 3 December.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Heriot Watt University
Moyen House
Research Park North, Heriot-Watt University
Riccarton
Edinburgh
EH14 4AP

Tel: +44 1314513767
Email: victoria.kulczycki@hw.ac.uk 

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