School of Biological Sciences

In Brief

University of Edinburgh



FCBStudios beat off some very stiff competition to redesign the University of Edinburgh’s 10-storey Darwin Laboratory Building. The project aims to consolidate the School of Biological Sciences research activities in enhanced and better-connected facilities, by encouraging closer collaboration between disciplines.

Planned to complete in 2021, the ambitious project will renovate a 1960s science tower to improve its appearance and environmental performance. 

The scheme also includes two new specialist lab buildings and an atrium which connects all three buildings to a new hub of meeting rooms, offices and catering facilities.

This is FCBStudios’ first major commission in Scotland and builds on our previous laboratory work completed for UCL’s Centre for Nanotechnology. Our team is supported by Belfast-based architectural practice Ostick and Williams, for their lab expertise, and by WYG for all engineering services.