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1 December 2021

Robertson Construction Eastern completes Science Teaching Hub for University of Aberdeen

Robertson Construction Eastern has delivered a new design and build Science Teaching Hub at University of Aberdeen’s Old Aberdeen campus.

The 73,194 sq ft facility provides teaching and laboratory space over three floors, a plant room on the fourth and a central atrium which has been designed to inspire collaboration between students out with class time.

Gordon Milne, regional managing director, Robertson Construction Eastern, said: "This development continues our 20-year partnership with the University, and we are proud to deliver this high-quality facility that will support students across a number of disciplines whilst assisting the University in retaining its status as a world-class, higher education institution."

The latest addition to the University's estate features a post-tensioned concrete frame with piled foundations, precast concrete cladding panels and curtain walling.

Professor Pete Edwards, Vice-Principal Regional Engagement and Regional Recovery, University of Aberdeen, said: "The Science Teaching Hub will provide our staff with a state-of-the-art facility within which to deliver chemistry, medical sciences, biological sciences and geosciences skills that are vital not only to the employability of our graduates, but the future success of the region. This exciting new space will also play an important role in promoting science-based careers by providing a focus for school and community engagement activities. Enhancing the student learning experience is core to our education commitments and this new facility is upgrading opportunities across STEM subjects."

Leaving a positive legacy in the communities where it works, Robertson received a Considerate Constructors Scheme Gold National Site Award for this project. As well as engaging with a number of local students and pupils, by hosting work experience placements, apprenticeship opportunities and undertaking visits to schools, colleges and universities, fundraising for local community groups and charities saw over £10,000 raised. Robertson also contributed £20,000 funding to the Princes Trust supporting seven young entrepreneurs through the Aberdeen Enterprise course which allowed them to learn about starting a business.

Part of a major investment at the University's campus, the official opening is due to take place in 2022.