FCBStudios to design University of Edinburghâ€™s School of Biological Sciences Laboratories and Hub buildingFCBStudios to design University of Edinburghâ€™s School of Biological Sciences Laboratories and Hub building
FCBStudios have recently won the architectural competition to design a series of specialist lab buildings, a new hub space and associated connecting atria at the University’s Kings Building Campus. The commission also includes the major renovation and recladding of an existing 1960’s laboratory tower at the centre of the School of Biological Sciences’ Campus. The FCBS team are supported by Belfast based architectural practice Ostick and Williams, to provide lab expertise and WYG for all engineering services.
University of Edinburgh Estates Development Manager Cliff Barraclough said of the FCBS’ winning submission: “The design proposals and delivery approach developed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios aligned with the aspirations of the school to use the redevelopment of the school’s estate to strengthen its world leading position in biological research. The selection committee was excited by the character of spaces and architectural ambition of their winning scheme.”
FCBS’s project partner Sam Tyler commented: “We are delighted to have won the commission for this ambitious project. The project presents a number of exciting design and logistical challenges which will need to be resolved in the delivery of an exemplary facility. Head of School David Gray and his team have articulated a clear vision and ambition which has fired up the team in the early stages of this project. The project allows us to continue our exploration of issues around collaborative and flexible working and social environments and to deliver a transformative piece of architecture in the City of Edinburgh.”
This is a significant project for the practice as it builds on the laboratory work completed for UCL’s Nanotechnology. This is also the first major commission for the practice in Scotland.