From the outset, Heriot-Watt University had a clear vision “to create the UK’s leading innovation hub for the practical application of robotics and autonomous systems”. A collaborative partnership between Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh University and commercial partners, the UK’s first National Robotarium within the Heriot-Watt Riccarton Campus in the west of Edinburgh was commissioned. This new facility, the first of its kind, will provide a dedicated innovation hub for the acceleration of knowledge and developments within the robotic and autonomous system industry.

MLA were honoured to play a key role in this ‘once in a lifetime’ project, providing a full design service of strategic consultancy, architecture and interior design, from ideation to completion.

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  • Client: Heriot-Watt University

  • Location: Riccarton Campus, Edinburgh

  • Photography: Keith Hunter Photography

  • Videography: Analog Film Co

  • Awards: Scottish Property Awards 2023: Highly Commended - Architectural Excellence
    Learning Places Scotland Awards 2023: Winner - Project of the Year