University of Aberdeen lodges £35m science hub proposals

The view of the building from Bedford Road

Plans for a new £35 million Science Teaching Hub at the University of Aberdeen have moved forward with the formal submission of a planning application.

Featuring cutting edge facilities and flexible teaching laboratory space, it is hoped the new facility will transform the learning experience for thousands of students and encourage school children to get involved in science subjects.

How the proposed hub looks from St Machar Drive

The building, which will be situated just off St Machar Drive near the Fraser Noble building, student Hub and Sir Duncan Rice Library, has been designed by Reiach and Hall Architects to encourage collaboration between students from different disciplines.

Consultations were held by the University throughout September and November after the proposals were first unveiled.

The plans have also been shown to Old Aberdeen Community Council, which covers the area where the University of Aberdeen is situated.

The view from St Machar Drive towards the library

Prior to the public consultations, Professor Sir Ian Diamond, principal and vice-chancellor of the University, said: “We are extremely excited about this new science teaching hub and the benefits it will bring to our students.”

If the proposals are accepted, the University hopes the building will be open and available for teaching in 2021.

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