The Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine is the first large-scale, purpose-built facility of its kind in the UK and was the first laboratory building in Scotland to receive a BREEAM Excellent rating. The Centre will develop new treatments for human diseases affecting the nervous system, liver and other organs. The building’s cantilevered structure is clad in clear and opaque curtain walling maximising views of the surrounding landscape. Vertical aluminium fins minimise solar gain and provide a striking feature to the elevations.
The internal configuration concentrates daylight and natural ventilation on the spaces that will benefit most. Write-up spaces and offices are located around the perimeter, surrounding concentric rings of primary and secondary laboratories and smaller specialised rooms towards the centre of the building. The plant has been located on a mezzanine level between the laboratory areas on the ground and first floors, to maximise efficiencies within these heavily serviced spaces. The building features a variety of sustainable design solutions, including ground source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting, photovoltaics and chilled beams, all contributing to its BREEAM Excellent rating.
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