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


While most of the SNBTS facility features a steel framework, the three-storey office element has a concrete skeleton © Reiach and Hall


The concrete contributes to the natural cooling of the office area, along with louvered vents above windows that are controlled by the sophisticated building management system


PROJECT TEAM


Architect: Reiach and Hall Architects Construction contractor: Interserve Construction


Hard facilities management provider:


Interserve Facilities Management Engineer: Buro Happold Landscape Architect: Rankin Fraser GMP Adviser: eXmoor Pharma Concepts


Natural air ventilation: Naco


explains: “The reason was to reflect that this is an important national facility so it needs something that demonstrates its gravitas and its permanence.”


A Dutch masterpiece


The use of glass is not the only approach used to also make the state-of-the-art facility a space people will enjoy. Where the services-only floor meets the Arcade there is a 50 metre-long, four metre-high blank wall. This has proved a golden opportunity to involve Dutch artist Steven Aalders. Law reveals: “We’ve worked with Steven before and for this project he produced some fantastic artwork to fill the space.


He’s used a range of colours in a geometric pattern that’s very striking. It’s the domi- nant feature in the Arcade and we’re very pleased with it. “We’ve used his colours as a clue in choosing the fabrics of the carpets and furniture of the facility and Steven has also created a floor pattern in the Arcade to relate to his artwork. In addition, we have to include an element of opacity in the glass partitions as a safety measure to stop people walking into them, so we’ve featured reduced monochrome versions of his artwork in the glass. It all brings a sense of identity, to the Arcade particularly, and helps to make it into more of a social space.”


Reflecting on the SNBTS project, Richard Coe is full of praise for the close-working relationship between Kajima, Interserve, Reiach and Hall, SNBTS and the NHS. Richard concluded by explaining: “This is one of the biggest and most significant building projects for NHS Scotland, and is pivotal for the future of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service. When in life do you get this sort of opportunity – Andy and I have been very lucky to be involved with this amazing building.”


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