The Nucleus

King’s Building Campus, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Metal Technology products used in the University of Edinburgh’s King’s Buildings Nucleus

Nucleus is a £48m four storey learning and teaching facility built within the King’s Building Campus at the University of Edinburgh. The vibrant hub has been created to expand undergraduate teaching and enhance the student learning experience, providing facilities for students that encourages them to spend more time on campus.

It contains contemporary lecture theatres, teaching laboratories, study spaces, student services, catering outlets and a shop and brings together many aspects of campus life under one roof, with direct links to the Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library and King’s Buildings House.

Features include:

  • A central atrium, providing views around the building and out to woodland area
  • Breakout / group pods / touchdown spaces which can be used for group work and social learning spaces
  • Group study rooms
  • Secluded and partially enclosed study spaces to allow for quieter and more private study
  • A 400 seat lecture theatre
  • A 132 seat teaching studio
  • Two 300 seat lecture theatres including a turn and learn format and an adaptable theatre that can be used for events out-with term time
  • Two 150 seat lecture theatres including a theatre designed in a collaborative layout
  • 100 student teaching lab with 50 fume hoods
  • Secure storage for student possessions
  • External area for events

Metal Technology worked closely with architects Sheppard Robson and fabricator Avtek Solutions to develop a glazing solution which seamlessly integrates manual and actuated inward opening windows within the curtain walling, as part of the ventilation strategy. It incorporates bespoke perforated profile barriers, screening the window openings that coordinate with the adjacent wall cladding and architectural features.

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  • Client

    University of Edinburgh

  • Architect

    Sheppard Robson

  • Contractor

    McLaughlin & Harvey Construction

  • Fabricator

    Avtek Solutions

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