University of Dundee

A State-of-the Art Research Infrastructure in Life Sciences.

Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research

This Research Building is an annexe to the existing Welcome Trust Building and enhances the capacity within the College of Life Sciences.  The external panels are part of a project called "Scales of Life" led by Professor Elaine Shemilt from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (University of Dundee), the architect was Jo White of BMJ Architects. 

The £26m Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research (CTIR) consists of four storeys of laboratories and associated office space, including a state-of-the-art Drug Discovery High Throughput Screening Laboratory and an open-plan floor dedicated to Interdisciplinary Research bringing together Mathematical Biology, Biophysics, Bioinformatics, Data Analysis and Software Development.

One of the key aspirations of the facility is to enable innovation by breaking down barriers between scientific disciplines. To facilitate this, an enclosed atrium is formed between the CTIR and the existing Wellcome Trust Building. This space acts as a meeting and collaboration place, promoting science collaboration projects and streaming live data direct from the laboratories.

The principal aim of the energy strategy for the building is to minimise base energy consumption to meet the aims of the University of Dundee to reduce carbon emissions. In this respect the BREEAM Excellent building incorporates numerous sustainable services design influences such as: heating derived from a CHP HTHW and VLTHW district heating systems; absorption chiller plant utilising heat rejection from CHP plant; free cooling dry air cooler plant; heat recovery from extract air and from absorption chiller heat rejection plant. The services provide an exceptionally high degree of backup with emergency generator supplies, essential circuits and UPS backups.

Sir James Black Centre for Interdisciplinary Research

This £20m Biomedical building is an extension to the original project funded mainly by the Wellcome Trust.  The original building is heavily serviced to provide the full range of Biological, Medical, Clinical and Pharmacological support functions.  Teaching Areas are provided on a modest scale with the bulk of the accommodation devoted to study research (desktop, library and computer based) and laboratory research, (Microbiology, Bio-Chemistry and Pharmacological laboratories).

Of particular interest in the new extension are the sustainable design influences.  The services include heating derived from a CHP HTHW district heating system, absorption refrigeration plant utilising heat rejection from CHP plant, free cooling dry air cooler plant and heat recovery from extract air and from absorption chiller heat rejection plant.  There are also energy efficient low velocity fume cupboards and energy efficient lighting controls. The services provide an exceptionally high degree of backup with emergency generator supplies, essential circuits, UPS backups.  There are also dedicated air conditioning plants serving specific areas and duplicate fans to maintain air flow/pressure regimes. Cat 6 structured cabling systems supporting voice over IP communications are also provided.