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Bio-Therapeutics Hub for Innovation


Location Client Size Completion
Aberdeen, Scotland, UK BioAberdeen 6,400m2 2021

Project details

The Bio-Therapeutics Hub for Innovation (BioHub) will provide a physical hub for the life sciences sector in the region, offering the opportunity for knowledge transfer and growth through co-location and the provision of sector leading facilities. The building is designed to offer flexible working space to tenants with touchdown spaces, virtual tenancy options, an incubator lab and a shell lab and office space and access to meeting rooms and conference facilities.

The fully fitted plug and play incubator laboratories and offices will provide start up accommodation for emerging life sciences companies whilst unfitted shell accommodation is provided for more established companies. Working within the framework of the building as a whole, these spaces will be fitted out by the tenants to best suit their requirements.  A defined bio-development space, that is initially unfitted, will give the client an opportunity to provide a degree of specialist space in the future.

A triangular building form with a stepped section was developed in response to the site constraints, in particular steep topography and the transecting of the site by the Gilcomston Burn. In section the building has two distinct layers, a double height public base layer comprising the main entrance, social space and flexible working, and a three storey private layer sitting above, containing lab spaces. The labs are wrapped around the perimeter of the building; giving all tenants views and daylight and direct access to a central core of ancillary services.

The collaborative spaces and cafe offer a range of formal and informal working and meeting spaces, including larger capacity areas for networking events.  Throughout the building a flexible service structural strategy has been designed which includes free riser space for future tenant use, non-load bearing internal partitions for ease of reconfiguration and a structural approach that minimises downstand beams to ensure simple services distribution.

Integrated services

architecture, building services engineering, civil and structural engineering, landscape architecture, acoustics, ecology