We are working with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) to deliver its Rural and Veterinary Innovation Centre on the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Inverness Campus. The centre will create and support the development of new and existing small to medium-sized businesses.
The new building will contain spaces and breakout areas for new bioscience-focused start-up businesses. It will also feature a necropsy suite for wildlife and laboratory spaces to support the development of new products and services, as well as industry-focused research.
The design concept for the proposed building has been to split the massing into 3 distinct volumes. Each of these volumes represents a different function of the building. The three elements are clearly defined by use of material, colour and height while being held together by a wrapping shroud of cladding which binds the building together as a whole. The Central Atrium Hub will be the social heart of the building providing an orientation point and the main circulation, as well as engagement with the landscape via full height glazing to both ends.
An aspirational benchmark of the RIBA 2030 Sustainable Outcomes has been targeted and the design team is focussed on reducing the energy demand of the building through passive design measures, using renewable and zero carbon energy where possible, and reducing the upfront embodied carbon within the development.