Planning approval for the Specialist Research Facility lab building, part of the Edinburgh University School of Biological Sciences development has been given, the last of five planning permissions for the project.
The re-development of the Darwin Building, a ten-storey 1960s tower and its surrounding buildings will create a physical and metaphorical heart for the School of Biological Sciences. It will act as a gateway to biology on the King's Buildings Campus with state-of-the-art laboratories for more than 350 researchers, an advanced technology hub, space to co-locate and support future growth and a focal point for outreach activities.
Sam Tyler, Partner at FCBStudios said "We are delighted that this important and exciting project now has the full go ahead to realise the potential of the Darwin Building and create a place for collaboration and creativity between academics, students and the wider community. "
When completed in 2021, the New School of Biological Sciences will integrate existing and new buildings into one cohesive mini-campus with a total of 30,000m² of research space and house more than 800 scientists – a powerhouse of biological research and translation in the UK.