Queen’s Medical Research Institute
University of Edinburgh
Set within the Edinburgh BioQuarter, the QMRI provides world class facilities which bring together companies, academics scientists, clinicians and patients.
Client: University of Edinburgh
Project Value: £770,000
Specialisation: Development of university teaching and research facilities
The Queen’s Medical Research Institute (QMRI) was an early flagship in realising the vision of the BioQuarter shared by the University, NHS Lothian, City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Enterprise to bring together academic scientists, clinicians and patients with companies in world-class facilities to promote collaboration and accelerate the development of new drugs, diagnostic tools and medical devices.
The creation of the Developmental Imaging Technology (DIT) facility located within the basement of the QMRI involved the creation of chemical laboratories and a flexible collaborative working zone, as well as the creation of the Optics Research and Development Lab and the Optics Device Development Lab, including their access control and interlock and audio and visual warning systems to ensure safe use of lasers within the lab spaces.
As the variety of stakeholders using the same collaborative working areas presented challenges to meet all client aspirations within the project budget, we undertook a series of workshops to ensure the initial vision of the space to align with the user’s needs with result that the resulting facility provides a street-like collaboration zone between the optic laboratories, chemistry laboratories and flexible office space.