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Old October 11th, 2013, 05:36 PM   #1
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New phase for Higgs Centre

University of Edinburgh - 11th October, 2013



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Following Professor Peter Higgs’ Nobel award, the University is to further develop its expertise in theoretical physics.

Support from the Scottish Government will help create a dedicated home for the recently established Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics.

The Centre was created last year in Professor Higgs’ name, following discovery of the Higgs boson, the particle that was first posited by the Professor in the early 1960s.

Its researchers will create an environment in which scientists and industry players from around the world can share and develop ideas.

They will look to apply novel mathematics and computation to tackle some of the 21st century’s great challenges.

Mike Russell, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, has shown a huge commitment to the University and its research and has offered warm congratulations to Professor Higgs and the University, not just on the Nobel Prize, but on these plans to create a lasting legacy from the prize.
Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea
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The Centre will nurture new generations of leading physicists, whose ideas will transform fundamental physics and speed the translation of theoretical insights for commercial benefit.

In this second phase of its development, a new building will be created to house the Centre.

This will be adjacent to the School of Physics and Astronomy’s base at the University’s science campus, King’s Buildings, from where the Higgs Centre currently operates.

The Nobel Prize awarded to Peter Higgs earlier this week is a further reflection of the excellent research at Edinburgh and I have invited the University to bid to the Science & Technology Facilities Council for support for the Higgs Centre.
David Willetts
UK Minister for Universities and Science

Mike Russell asked his officials to start discussion with the University about the way in which the Scottish Government’s contribution can be most effectively utilised, to allow a new generation to be supported in their world quality research and discoveries.
Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea
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Does anyone who's familiar with Kings' Building know where this new building is going? I'd guess between the James Clerk Maxwell Building and the Murray Library but there's also space in front of the Graham Bell building.
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Does anyone who's familiar with Kings' Building know where this new building is going? I'd guess between the James Clerk Maxwell Building and the Murray Library but there's also space in front of the Graham Bell building.
Not sure, both those options sound feasible. I'd love to know who designed the building. Looks quite nice and at first glance doesn't scream any of the usual Edinburgh suspects. Any guesses?
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Does anyone who's familiar with Kings' Building know where this new building is going? I'd guess between the James Clerk Maxwell Building and the Murray Library but there's also space in front of the Graham Bell building.
I think this is the most recent masterplan (2010-2011) for the King's Building Campus.



It predates the Higgs Centre plan but I wonder if the site between the Roger Land Building and the JCMB might be the likely location? Or maybe I just think because of the circular feature in the landscaping matches the circular profile of the new building!
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£60m plan to turn university into climate research hotspot

Edinburgh Evening News - 16th October, 2013

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University bosses have revealed plans for a £60 million campus aimed at making the Capital one of the world’s leading climate research
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A 21,000 square metre “world-class” school of geosciences facility is to be created at King’s Buildings.

The project, which will also see redevelopment of the King’s Buildings site, is expected to begin in spring 2016 with a completion date of 2018.

The school is ranked 16th in the world for ecological and marine research and 14th for geography, and it is hoped the new cutting-edge facility will propel the university into the top ten.

The present school of 
geosciences is spread across three city campuses, its base being Drummond Street.

Tenders are being sought for the new teaching and research facility from some of the world’s leading design teams.

Head of school Professor Sandy Tudhope said: “This move will help to consolidate the school of geosciences as a world leader while also allowing us to expand and grow. In future years, we hope to break into the world top ten of learning and research institutions within this field.

“The school was formed several years ago through the joining of several departments. At present, about a third of the school is based at Drummond Street, while the rest is dotted around the King’s Building’s campus.

He added: “We are very much concerned with a lot of modern buzzwords to do with environmental change and climate change and urbanisation.”

The school boasts more than 1000 undergraduates, 250 post-graduates and 250 masters students. It also employs more than 370 academics, researchers and research students, making the school the largest grouping of geoscientists in the UK.

A statement on the university website reads: “We aim to understand the interaction between the Earth’s geology, atmosphere, oceans, biosphere and human responses and roles in this complex interplay.”

News of the research and training facility has been welcomed by Lothians Green MSP Alison Johnstone, who said: “Clearly this is further recognition that Edinburgh’s expertise and excellence in fields of research continues to grow.

“It is also heartening to see the importance of the study of the particular subjects. We are right to repeatedly discuss the economy, which is very important, but the importance of these areas of study also have considerable impact on us and the world around us, some might say even more.

“It is essential that we begin to better understand our effect on the planet.”

The news comes hot on the heels of the opening the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation – the first facility of its kind in the world – which is aimed at bringing together experts to work on ways to achieve a low-carbon future.

The centre, based in the Old High School, was opened by Princess Anne earlier this month.

The £10.5m hub took 19 months to complete.
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This was revealed a while ago but the funding news was announced today.

Edinburgh to get new Peter Higgs science centre

Edinburgh Evening News - 5th December, 2013

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A new science centre is to be created at Edinburgh University named after Nobel Prize winner Sir Peter Higgs, who discovered the Higgs-boson particle.

Chancellor Goerge announced the move in his Autumn Statement in the Commons.

The Higgs Centre for Innovation will provide a dedicated forum to link scientific and engineering expertise with industry leaders.

It has been awarded capital investment of £10.7million to create a world-leading facility for inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers through providing start-up business support and opportunities for new partnerships.

It will be based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC), on the Royal Observatory Edinburgh campus.

Professor Higgs said: “This support from the Treasury and the STFC will create an environment in which future generations of scientists from around the world can share and develop ideas in theoretical physics.”
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Interesting the Higgs Centre is now being described as being on the Royal Observatory complex and not King's Buildings.
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Interesting the Higgs Centre is now being described as being on the Royal Observatory complex and not King's Buildings.
I noticed that too. I double-checked the original October announcement and it's pretty clear at that time it was to be at KB - "[The Higgs Centre] will be adjacent to the School of Physics and Astronomy’s base at the University’s science campus, King’s Buildings, from where the Higgs Centre currently operates." Odd that it would change so quickly.

Today's BBC coverage included a bigger version of the previously released image:



The url shows that it's by Austin-Smith: Lord - I searched fruitlessly for a while last time trying to find out the architect! But who knows if it is still relevant if the location has now switched to Blackford Hill.
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My sources tell me there are 2 sites: next to the JCMB at KB and at the ROE. The ASL render looks a bit large for the Blackford Hill site...
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My sources tell me there are 2 sites: next to the JCMB at KB and at the ROE. The ASL render looks a bit large for the Blackford Hill site...
I'm pretty certain the render is the site between JCMB and the new Murray Library at Kings. The position of the trees and public realm looks exactly the same as this area.
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My sources tell me there are 2 sites: next to the JCMB at KB and at the ROE. The ASL render looks a bit large for the Blackford Hill site...
From the University's press release about Higgs collecting the Nobel Prize:

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The Centre will be based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s UK Astronomy Technology Centre, at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh.
Also, a dedicated home for the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics is to be established at the University’s King’s Buildings campus.
So, mystery solved. There are, as belle suggested, plans for two new buildings - the Higgs Centre for Innovation on Blackford Hill and a new home for the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics at KB.

The image that's kicking around was first released when the Theoretical Physics announcement was made a couple of months ago so it seems likely it is indeed for the KB site.
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Higgs Centre award welcomed

University of Edinburgh - 10th December, 2013

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The Scottish Government is to contribute £2 million to the University’s Higgs Centre.

Edinburgh’s Principal Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea has welcomed the news, confirmed by First Minister Alex Salmond, that the Scottish Funding Council will provide £2m to support the Centre at the University’s Kings Buildings campus.

The Centre will provide an iconic focus for research, postgraduate training, international visitors and companies engaged with these.

International focus

I very much welcome this announcement from the Scottish Government. Its foresight and commitment in supporting world leading research will help to establish a fitting and lasting legacy for Professor Peter Higgs.

Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea
Principal, University of Edinburgh


An International Advisory Committee will advise on the research programmes and the Centre’s overall strategy and any associated appointments.

The Centre’s research will be embedded in, and stimulated by, a programme of workshops that brings world-leading scientists and industry innovators to the Centre.

Staff will work with industry affiliates and give them unparalleled access to facilities and data.

Public engagement

The Centre will be involved in public outreach to schools and the general public through lectures and other events.

A further £2 million spread over five years will be used to support additional postgraduate opportunities in physics or mathematics.

The announcement coincided with a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament to mark the launch of a new physics prize named in Professor Higgs’ honour.
School prizes

Professor Higgs joined the First Minister at Holyrood to make awards to the two inaugural winners of the Higgs Prize: 18-year-old Lucy Willets-White and 17-year-old Peter Rhodes.

The Higgs Prize was established in recognition of the impact Professor Higgs' theoretical work has had on modern day particle physics.

Its purpose is to reward and inspire Scotland’s best young school physicists.
The award winners will visit the internationally renowned CERN research facility in Switzerland to take part in its summer school and a specially designed programme of events.

City celebration

Professor Higgs is to receive the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh at ceremony in January.

He will be presented with the honour as part of an event, Edinburgh's Enlightenment Reborn, taking place at the University's McEwan Hall on 8 January.
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Arcadia Nursery - a new nursery facility for the University of Edinburgh at Kings Buildings Campus. Designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects. Construction underway. Due to open in August 2014.






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Architect's Journal reports Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has won a high-profile competition to regenerate the University of Edinburgh’s 10-storey Darwin Laboratory building at KB.

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Architect's Journal reports Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has won a high-profile competition to regenerate the University of Edinburgh’s 10-storey Darwin Laboratory building at KB.

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Ooh, my old stamping ground. It was tired inside in the time I was there, and that was a couple of decades ago. I wonder what they'll do with it...
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Bit more info from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

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FCB Studios to design University of Edinburgh’s School of Biological Sciences Laboratories and Hub building


FCB Studios have recently won the architectural competition to design a series of specialist lab buildings, a new hub space and associated connecting atria at the University’s Kings Building Campus. The commission also includes the major renovation and recladding of an existing 1960’s laboratory tower at the centre of the School of Biological Sciences’ Campus. The FCBS team are supported by Belfast based architectural practice Ostick and Williams, to provide lab expertise and WYG for all engineering services.

University of Edinburgh Estates Development Manager Cliff Barraclough said of the FCBS’ winning submission: “The design proposals and delivery approach developed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios aligned with the aspirations of the school to use the redevelopment of the school’s estate to strengthen its world leading position in biological research. The selection committee was excited by the character of spaces and architectural ambition of their winning scheme.”


FCBS’s project partner Sam Tyler commented: “We are delighted to have won the commission for this ambitious project. The project presents a number of exciting design and logistical challenges which will need to be resolved in the delivery of an exemplary facility. Head of School David Gray and his team have articulated a clear vision and ambition which has fired up the team in the early stages of this project. The project allows us to continue our exploration of issues around collaborative and flexible working and social environments and to deliver a transformative piece of architecture in the City of Edinburgh.”

This is a significant project for FCB Studios as it builds on the laboratory work completed for UCL’s Nanotechnology. This is also the first major commission for the practice in Scotland.
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Thanks very much indeed for posting that, much appreciated. It is a complicated building - it may look like an office block from the outside but there is all sorts of weird stuff in there
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Thanks very much indeed for posting that, much appreciated. It is a complicated building - it may look like an office block from the outside but there is all sorts of weird stuff in there
It sounds more extensive than just the Darwin building refurb as was first reported.

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FCB Studios have recently won the architectural competition to design a series of specialist lab buildings, a new hub space and associated connecting atria at the University’s Kings Building Campus.
I'm guessing the first image from FCBS is the 'hub space'. Could the second one be the interior of a renovated Darwin Building? Quite a transformation if it is.

Certainly an exciting time at KB, with this lot plus the other developments like the Higgs Centre and the new School of Geosciences on the cards.
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From the image I would say the the building in the front will be in the place of the Darwin Library which was always a 2 st box out the front of the main building. Tbh I don't know if that is still a library or not, but that's certainly the location of it as it is easy to orientate using the sight of the existing Swann building to the right, and the link bridge to the botany building on the left. If that is a visual of the inside of the new Darwin then it will be a massive change. At the moment each floor is really just a square corridor around the central core, with rooms off it.. very dark and very concretey. The white coats are funny though, I'm not saying they are never seen in there, but its definitely more of a fleeces and boots kinda place
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