National University of Ireland
Human Biology Building
Client: National University of Ireland, Galway
Main Contractor: BAM
Value €30 m
Open Date 2018
This project provides a new home for the School of Medicine and also incorporates Biomedical research facilities at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). The Human Biology Building is a five-storey building plus roof level plant enclosure with a gross floor area of 8,200m² .
The building is laid out around an atrium with which most student and staff spaces connect physically and visually. Its apparent openness and simplicity belies the complex security and segregation requirements demanded by the mix of undergraduate medical teaching facilities and a large secure vivarium and central microscopy unit for postgraduate research.
The building will house the existing disciplines of Anatomy, Physiology & Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
The purpose of the building will be to provide a facility in which these disciplines will, within a research-led environment:
The building has been designed as a teaching and research facility with accommodation including undergraduate teaching laboratories, research laboratories, offices, open plan write-up spaces, meeting rooms, tiered lecture theatres and other ancillary areas.
Laboratory facilities are provided for the departments of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology, including Level II containment laboratories and a gross anatomy laboratory with 12 specialist downdraft tables, associated body fridges with the complex environmental management solutions needed to meet regulatory and client performance requirements.
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