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Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid), Edinburgh

Doors on the ground floor open up to the landscape and a public walkway colonnade

Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid).
Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid). Credit: Keith Hunter

Sheppard Robson Architects for Heriot-Watt University
Contract value: £12m 
GIA: 5,200m2
Cost per m2: £2,307

This lochside teaching and learning facility is designed to promote collaboration between the engineering and computer science faculties. It has a BREEAM Excellent rating and aims to be industry focused – the brief included a business enterprise zone. The main entrance opens into an atrium running the length of the building with teaching spaces on each side and  views of lush green space at either end. To the south the atrium enlarges into a multipurpose space. Doors on the ground floor open up to the landscape and a public walkway colonnade, its slender columns echoing the nearby trees.

  • Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid).
    Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid). Credit: Keith Hunter
  • Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid).
    Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid). Credit: Keith Hunter
  • Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid).
    Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid). Credit: Keith Hunter
  • Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid).
    Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid). Credit: Keith Hunter
  • Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid).
    Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid). Credit: Keith Hunter
  • Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid).
    Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid). Credit: Keith Hunter
  • Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid).
    Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid). Credit: Keith Hunter
  • Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid).
    Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid). Credit: Keith Hunter
  • Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid).
    Global Research Innovation and Discovery (The Grid). Credit: Keith Hunter
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