CH Waddington Building, Edinburgh

Further to successful completion of the refurbishment of the adjacent Daniel Rutherford Building, a team led by Holmes Miller was appointed to prepare designs for the adjacent site. This is a new-build research building to house the Centre for Systems Biology Edinburgh (CSBE), part of the School of Biological Sciences.

The accommodation comprises suites of Containment Level 2 Laboratory accommodation incorporating dry lab write-up and ancillary spaces; together with offices, meeting rooms, seminar rooms and break spaces.

In common with research facilities of this type it is important to meet all the client’s requirements as efficiently as possible. To this end, the team worked closely with the Client and the User Group to prepare the project brief and accommodation schedule and to develop the design based on this information

University has expressed its confidence in Holmes’ approach to brief development and concept design with key stakeholder groups with complex and potentially conflicting requirements and delivering designs which meet or exceed those requirements while creating pleasant, productive and efficient working environments. The various key stakeholders, and the User Group in particular, are delighted with the final design as it has emerged.

The building won a design commendation from the GIA (Glasgow Institute of Architects) in 2009, and was shortlisted for ‘Building of the Year’ by the Edinburgh Architectural Association in 2010.


The University of Edinburgh


King’s Buildings, Edinburgh


May 2009