£32m development given planning approval
An Atkins-designed innovation centre and campus hub at the University of Edinburgh has been granted planning permission. The new £32m development at the University’s Easter Bush Campus will provide veterinary students and university staff with specialist research facilities, as well as teaching laboratories, offices and an exhibition space.
The project forms part of the University’s ambitious programme of work in line with the campus master plan at Easter Bush, which will deliver a European Centre of Excellence in Animal Sciences and Food Security. Work is expected to start on site in February 2015, with completion scheduled for 2016.
Atkins’ UK design director Philip Watson said: “Universities around the UK are working harder than ever to attract students, staff and wider investment. Good design has a key role to play in meeting these strategic goals which is why we’ve grown our education studio over the past couple of years. Our work at the University of Edinburgh adds to a higher education portfolio which continues to mature in terms of geographical reach, diversity of projects and significance.”
The innovation centre and campus hub adopts a memorable form that is distinguishable from the surrounding facilities and allows for future redevelopment as set out in the Easter Bush Campus master plan. Comprising two distinct elements that embrace a full height atrium space, it will act very much as a gateway to Easter Bush Campus, which is home to The Roslin Institute, a world leading animal sciences research institute.
Val White, Easter Bush Campus Operating Officer, said: “The Innovation Centre will be an exciting addition to the Easter Bush infrastructure and will act as a focal point for the campus as well as providing outstanding accommodation for bioscience companies at varying stages of maturity.”
In addition to the innovation centre and campus hub, Atkins is also designing a £12m Energy Centre which will provide the energy requirements of the University’s entire Easter Bush Campus and its Advanced Computing Facility.