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Work gets underway at £40m BioHub life sciences project in Aberdeen

Work has started on the £40m BioHub life sciences innovation hub in Aberdeen.  Our Glasgow studio was appointed to lead a multidisciplinary design team, consisting of Hulley & Kirkwood and JGA, to design and deliver BioHub on the Foresterhill Health Campus – one of Europe’s largest integrated clinical, research, teaching and commercial health sites.

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The triangular design of the 6,000 sqm BioHub provides efficient lab and office accommodation with good daylight. Support accommodation and circulation is concentrated in the centre. The prominent location and considered layout will provide pleasant work spaces with good views across Aberdeen. The double height south facing ground floor provides collaborative workspaces and break out rooms with conferencing facilities and a café with adjacent external terracing and landscaping. 

The project is set to double the number of life science companies in North East Scotland and help the sector to collaborate, innovate and commercialise the next generation of therapies and healthcare solutions. 

Christoph Ackermann, architect and principal in the Glasgow studio, said: “This is an exciting and transformational project for Aberdeen and north east Scotland. BDP has a track record of delivering buildings that encourage industry engagement and collaboration, such as the Inovo and Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow. The BioHub project is another example of BDP’s expertise in this style of development, creating office and laboratory spaces for start-up companies under a single roof.”

The project, led by Opportunity North East (ONE), has secured £20 million of capital funding jointly provided by the UK Government and Scottish Government via the Aberdeen City Region Deal (ACRD). ONE has committed up to £5.6 million to deliver BioHub's sector growth objectives and has formed a new company, BioAberdeen Limited, to deliver BioHub. The other project partners are the University of Aberdeen and NHS Grampian.