The Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) building has been named as best new laboratory building in the S-Lab Awards, which recognise laboratories for sustainability, safety and success.
The University of Edinburgh's SCRM building was praised for its emphasis on translating findings made at the laboratory bench into tangible treatments for patients. The design of the building promotes collaborations between clinicians and scientists, aided by the centre’s location at Edinburgh BioQuarter, next to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
The MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine's (CRM) sustainable approach to research has scientists across the centre sharing core services, thereby also streamlining costs and promoting interaction.
The £54 million SCRM building at Little France, which officially opened last year, is the first large-scale, purpose-built facility of its kind and provides accommodation for up to 250 stem cell scientists and clinicians. It was designed by architects Sheppard Robson.
The awards are part of the Safe, Successful, Sustainable Laboratories (S-Lab) initiative. S-Lab aims to share best practice between laboratories across the world and was set up to encourage ensure more effective laboratories from financial, customer, user and regulatory perspectives.