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SCOTTISH NATIONAL BLOOD TRANSFUSION (SNBTS) CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE, EDINBURGH


BUILDING PROJECTS


SCOTTISH NATIONAL BLOOD TRANSFUSION (SNBTS) CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE EDINBURGH


Design team gets the desired result


Edinburgh-based Reiach and Hall Architects has found some smart design solutions for Scotland’s new blood processing and testing centre. With work on site approaching completion, Jess Unwin finds out more


nspiration to design buildings fit for purpose is the lifeblood of every architectural practice – but rarely can that phrase have been as apt as it is for one of Reiach and Hall’s current projects. The Edinburgh practice is now very close to seeing its vision for a new £33m, state-of-the-art blood transfusion centre serving the whole of Scotland become a reality.


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Developed through a joint venture partnership of Kajima and Interserve, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) centre of excellence, or Jack Copland Centre as it will be known, should be fully operational by summer this year. It’s being constructed at the Heriot-Watt University Research Park on the south- western edge of Scotland’s capital and will combine processing and testing laboratories currently in Glasgow and Edinburgh, along with the Service’s national headquarters. Richard Coe, project director at Kajima, explains: “SNBTS will be able to consolidate at one site and move forwards with lean pharmaceutical production and testing of blood, cells and tissues, plus provision of a range of other clinical services, to meet anticipated increase in demand in a safe and cost-effective way.” That sums up the service goal for the facility but the demands of the design challenge are enough to raise anyone's blood pressure!


Unique challenge


While Reiach and Hall’s Andy Law says his company has a track record of designing


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buildings with laboratories, he admits: “This is a unique facility. It’s a hugely technical brief, but there’s a social brief too – it needs to be a good place to work. With these sort of facilities, the social side is the one that normally suffers. Our challenge was to manage the technical side in such a way that you still have an environment that people enjoy working in. I think we've achieved that by taking both challenges on at once.”


The project is in its final stages before expected completion this summer (Image courtesy of Kajima)


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