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05 December 2012

Mott MacDonald acting as design engineer for new £12.5 million research building at the University of Dundee, UK

Mott MacDonald is acting as design engineer on the new £12.5 million Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research (CTIR) building at the University of Dundee which will be dedicated to translating research into cures for disease.

The new four-storey research building will be situated within the university’s School of Life Sciences and will join the existing Wellcome Trust Building to the south via an atrium. Consisting of laboratories and associated office space, the CTIR building will include a state-of-the-art laboratory and an open-plan floor dedicated to interdisciplinary research bringing together mathematical biology, biophysics, bioinformatics, data analysis and software development. The atrium will provide meeting and collaboration space including an exhibition area with digital media installations to promote arts and science collaboration projects.

On the front facade of the CTIR building, four large (1.5m wide x 3.6m high) vertical anodised aluminium cladding panels will incorporate an artistic abstraction representative of four key scales of life science research: molecular, organellar, cellular and tissue.

Mott MacDonald will provide civil and structural design for the concrete framed CTIR building and the new steel framed glazed atrium. The consultancy will also assist with associated ground and drainage works.

Kevin Burnett, Mott MacDonald’s project director, said: “One of the key aspects of this project has been how to keep vibration to the existing users of the adjacent buildings to a minimum. We’ve had a number of discussions with the University of Dundee and we have adopted construction methodology to minimise vibration potential.”

The CTIR building is due to be completed by the end of 2013.

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