Work starts at £40 million BioHub life sciences project in Aberdeen

WORK is underway on the £40 million BioHub life sciences innovation hub in Aberdeen.

BDP was appointed to lead a multidisciplinary design team, consisting of Hulley & Kirkwood and JGA, to design and deliver the facility on the Foresterhill Health Campus.

The triangular design of the 6,000 sqm BioHub provides lab and office accommodation with good daylight. Support accommodation and circulation is concentrated in the centre, while BDP said the ‘prominent location and considered layout’ will provide pleasant work spaces with good views across the city.

The double height south facing ground floor features collaborative workspaces and break out rooms with conferencing facilities and a café with adjacent external terracing and landscaping.

Christoph Ackermann, principal at BDP’s Glasgow studio, said, “This is an exciting and transformational project for Aberdeen and north east Scotland. BDP has a track record of delivering buildings that encourage industry engagement and collaboration, such as the Inovo and Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow. The BioHub project is another example of BDP’s expertise in this style of development, creating office and laboratory spaces for start-up companies under a single roof.”

The project, led by Opportunity North East (ONE), has secured £20 million of capital funding jointly provided by the UK and Scottish Governments via the Aberdeen City Region Deal (ACRD). ONE has committed up to £5.6 million to deliver BioHub’s sector growth objectives and has formed a new company, BioAberdeen Limited, to deliver BioHub. The other project partners are the University of Aberdeen and NHS Grampian.