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Hypostyle to build 'pioneering' postgrad centre - images

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Hypostyle Architects has submitted plans for this £6 million complex at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University - believed to be the UK's first purpose-built postgraduate centre.

The facility will sit on the site of a former one-storey students' union building, which has now been demolished, and will create a complex featuring a 150-seat lecture theatre, study and seminar rooms, a café and social spaces.

Describing the scheme, a spokesman for the practice, which has three offices across Scotland, said: 'Our basic concept is based on dividing a simple rectangle into three distinct zones.

'Each zone has been sized to enclose areas with similar structural and environmental requirements. The south zone will house offices, meeting rooms and social space requiring good daylighting and functioning well with natural ventilation and minimal mechanical systems.

'The central zone contains vertical circulation such as stairs and a lift, together with toilets and stores.

'Finally, the north zone will accommodate the larger spaces, many of which require limited or no daylighting and all requiring mechanically controlled environments.'

The project could start on site as early as next year and could open in time for the start of the new academic year in 2008.

by Richard Waite

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