The form’s angular roofline is conceived as a modern interpretation of the traditional barn, and the external palette of materials take its queue from agricultural materials, using profiled sheet metal cladding and timber panels.
The design was driven by the operational requirements that involve the movement of sedated horses, with the safe and easy movement of the animals a priority. This is achieved by a series of lifting beams and winches which are supported by a number of details throughout the building.
“We’ve housed the latest technology and veterinary thinking within a very simple architectural form that makes reference to agricultural outbuildings in terms of form and materiality. This distinctive profile will enable the project to become an important marker for the campus masterplan and an integral part of the university’s 2025 vision to create a state-of-the-art animal welfare and research hub”.
James Dick, partner, Sheppard Robson
Architect Sheppard Robson
Client University of Edinburgh
Project manager University of Edinburgh
Structural engineer Baker Hicks
M&E engineer Baker Hicks
Quantity surveyor Currie & Brown
Contractor McLaughlin & Harvey Construction