Sector: Higher Education

Key Facts  


Designed for business and academia to collaborate 

The LSIC has been designed by Austin-Smith:Lord so that businesses can work collaboratively with UHI scientists on innovative life sciences projects. It will provide access to high-tech research equipment and lab conditions to facilitate this.  

The facilities will increase research in fields such as medical nanotechnology and active health and will support the region’s life sciences sector.  

The building will also form part of a wider project with NHS Highland, with an elective care facility being developed on the campus. Together, the two projects are forecast to create around 190 jobs, helping to attract and retain talent for the region as well as associated economic benefits.  


A robust construction programme 

Our targeted approach to project planning will ensure we meet key dates, including procuring the critical steelwork as early as possible, installing access stairs in conjunction with the steel frame, and allowing time for areas of feature architecture and the external finishes, to ensure this is uncompromised. 



The Scottish Government has set a target of 75% reduction in emissions by 2030, with the Highland Council committing Inverness to becoming carbon neutral by 2025 through their Carbon Clever initiative. 

During construction, Robertson will reduce carbon emissions through a variety of approaches, including: 

It will reduce operational energy firstly through design analysis: minimising energy demand through form, fabric and detailing. The ‘as-constructed’ designs will then be validated through thermography, airtightness testing and quality assurance inspections. 


Project team 

Architect: Austin-Smith: Lord 
Principal contractor: Robertson Construction Northern 
Civil & structural engineer: Fairhurst 
M&E engineer: Pick Everard 

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