BDP has won a competition to design the University of Strathclyde’s new £89m Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC)
The building will be the cornerstone of the new International Technological Renewable Energy Zone, a global economic hub attracting innovative businesses to Glasgow. It will bring together 850 academics, researchers, engineers and project managers from the University and its industrial partners to work side by side in a state-of-the-art building in the heart of the city.
The aim of the 22,000 m2 centre is to transform the ways that the university and industry engage. It is the University’s single biggest investment in research capacity and has attracted financial backing from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council.
The building will incorporate flexible project, meeting and office space, alongside high-quality research and laboratory accommodation including specialist laser optics materials laboratories and high-voltage facilities.
BDP’s John McManus said: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved in this ground-breaking development, which will transform the way universities work with industry. We are particularly excited to be working in the heart of the Merchant City on a site that is practically next door to our Glasgow studio.”
BDP is lead designer in the Gardiner and Theobald-led project team and it is anticipated that work on the site will begin early in 2012, with completion expected in late 2013. The building will be of high quality and will aim to meet the criteria for an ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating.