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Heriot-Watt University seeks architect for £19m innovation centre

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Heriot-Watt University is looking for an architect to design a research and innovation building on the outskirts of Edinburgh

The 5,000m² Watt Innovation Building will provide a new centre for ‘creativity and ideas generation’ on the university’s growing Edinburgh campus.

The building is expected to feature flexible work spaces, exhibition areas, a theatre, laboratories, computing cluster, social spaces, an atrium and a café. It is scheduled to complete in 2020.

According to the brief: ‘The Watt Innovation Centre will be designed to promote, support and catalyse positive changes in the way we work, learn and create knowledge. To achieve this demands an architecture that supports the vision, and drives change in the following ways.

‘Firstly, the facility is proposed as a thriving hub of innovation. As such it will demand a quality of design, architecture, construction, finish and furnishing that reflects ambitious intent.

‘Secondly, the facility will seek to be innovative and challenging in all aspects of the design, transforming the way we use space over extended working hours and across the whole year. This will require a provision of highly services, tech rice, immersive, flexible and adaptive multi-user environments.’

The university has around 10,700 students and 1,700 staff on its main campus, 9.5km south-west of Edinburgh city centre. The 250ha  site in Riccarton features a competition-winning £6 million graduate centre by Hypostyle Architects, completed seven years ago.

Reiach and Hall also completed the new £33 million Oriam Sports Performance Centre on the campus earlier this year.

The team picked to design the innnovation centre will select one of four sites earmarked for the scheme and develop the project up to practical completion.

Bidders must have at least £5 million worth of employer’s liability insurance, £5 million worth of public liability insurance and £5 million of professional indemnity insurance cover.

The deadline for applications is noon, 8 December.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Richard Kinghorn
Heriot Watt University
Procurement Services
EH14 4AS

Tel: +44 1314513704
Email: R.G.Kinghorn@hw.ac.uk
Fax: +44 1314513119


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