Heriot Watt University Begins Construction on National Robotarium

Published 3-17-2021
  • Heriot Watt University - National Robotarium
  • Heriot Watt University - National Robotarium
  • Heriot Watt University - National Robotarium
  • Heriot Watt University - National Robotarium
  • Heriot Watt University - National Robotarium

    Courtesy of Heriot Watt University.

  • Heriot Watt University - National Robotarium

    Courtesy of Michael Laird Architects.

  • Courtesy of Michael Laird Architects.

  • Heriot Watt University - National Robotarium

    Courtesy of Michael Laird Architects.

  • Heriot Watt University - National Robotarium

    Courtesy of Michael Laird Architects.

Heriot Watt University began construction in March of 2021 on the National Robotarium in Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. Designed by Michael Laird Architects, the 40,000-sf building will accommodate innovative research programs in robotics, autonomous systems, and artificial intelligence. Created in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, the center of excellence will enable academics, engineers, and industry partners to address a wide range of global challenges. A variety of flexible laboratories will surround a full-height, multifunctional forum that will act as an inviting venue for knowledge sharing, social interaction, and events. Supported by £22.4 million in government funding, the project is an integral part of the region’s Data Driven Innovation (DDI) initiative. Fitwel certification will be sought for the sustainably designed facility, which will feature a rooftop photovoltaic array, sophisticated building systems, and a high-performance, double-walled façade. Robertson Construction is the general contractor for the project, which is slated for occupancy in spring of 2022.