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Sheppard Robson completes stem-cell centre

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Sheppard Robson has unwrapped this stem-cell research centre for the University of Edinburgh

The £35 million Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine is the first large-scale, purpose-built facility of its kind in the UK and will develop new treatments for human diseases affecting the nervous system, liver and other organs.

The 8,700m² building’s cantilevered structure is clad in clear and opaque curtain walling and features vertical aluminium fins to minimise solar gain.

Write-up spaces and offices sit around the perimeter of the centre, with concentric rings of primary and secondary laboratories and smaller specialised rooms moving towards the centre of the building.

The centre’s sustainable features include ground source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting, photovoltaics and chilled beams.


Project data

Architects: Sheppard Robson 
Location: Edinburgh
Type Of Project:  Research laboratory building
Structural Engineers:  & M&E: Buro Happold 
Project Architect:  Luke Thurman 
Design Team:
  University of Edinburgh 
Funding:  Various, including Scottish Excellence and Scottish Enterprise 
Tender date: mid-2008
Start on site date: January 2009
Contract duration: 2 years
Gross internal floor area:  8,700m²
Form of contract and/or procurement:  Traditional 
Total cost:   £35million    
M&e consultant: 
  Buro Happold 
Quantity surveyor: Summers Inman 
Planning supervisor: Ryden 
Main contractor:  Miller Construction 
Annual co2 emissions:  Predicted annual energy consumption (excluding p    rocess loads) at design stage: Fossil fuel - 370,039 kwh/annum -  71,788 kg CO2 / annum. Electricity - 436,761 kwh/annum - 184,313 kg CO2 / annum.


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