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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 bioscience focused start-ups. It will also feature a necropsy suite for wildlife, and laboratory spaces to support the development of new products, services, and industry focused research.

SRUC conceptual sketch

The design concept for the proposed building splits the massing into 3 distinct volumes, each of which represents a different function of the building. The three elements are individually defined by material, colour and height, while a wrap-around cladding binds the buildings together as a whole. The central ‘Atrium’ will be the social heart of the building, an orientation point and circulation hub, while its full-height glazing at both ends will engage with the landscape.

The building’s performance, targets the aspirational benchmarks within the RIBA 2030 Sustainable Outcomes. The design team is focussed on reducing the energy demand of the building through passive design measures, the use of renewable and zero carbon energy where possible, and a reduction of the upfront embodied carbon within the development.


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July 2, 2021