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.
Architects: Sheppard Robson
Type Of Project: Research laboratory building
Structural Engineers: & M&E: Buro Happold
Project Architect: Luke Thurman
Client: 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.