Medical Sciences Building

Reiach and Hall Architects, Saint Andrews, 2010


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Medical science building on out of town campus 

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  • Medical science building on out of town campus    
  • Building in new science park    
  • Horizontal banding on the south-west-facing facade    
  • The north-east corner of the building    
  • Mini-roundabout infront of science building    
  • Main facade    
  • Facades have a restrained expression    
  • Sheltered courtyard spaces evoke the quadrangles of traditional St Andrews buildings    
  • Close-up of facade    
  • The 300-seat lecture theatre on the ground floor    
  •  The café on the ground floor    
  • Rooflights animate a top-floor corridor    
  • Internal stairs    
  • Site Plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • East-west section    
  • Window detail    
  • Typical window details    

Medical science faculty building constructed as part of a science campus on St Andrew's outskirts

The functions of the building are divided between non-specialist activities that can be accommodated with natural daylighting and low servicing (offices, seminar rooms, a café, social areas), and activities requiring high servicing (teaching and research laboratories, anatomy and dissection, and a 300-seat lecture theatre).

Differentiated plan-forms are used; the first a shallow, L-shaped block, the second a deep-plan, rectangular building. They meet together at ground-floor level, with views into the lecture theatre. Courtyards are formed in the angle of the 'L', where a first floor bridge links the two sections.

Sandstone cladding and native plants dress the building and landscape


  • Begun: Jun 2008
  • Completed: Feb 2010
  • Floor area: 10,940m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £33.7M
  • Procurement: Standard building contract with quantities for use in Scotland 2005
  • CO2 Emissions: 84kg/m2/year
  • Address: University of St Andrews, Saint Andrews, KY16 9AJ, United Kingdom

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