Science Research Building, National University of Ireland, Galway

Reddy A+U are very proud to have been involved in the prestigious development of the Hardiman research facility for the National University, Galway. The development comprises of four cancer laboratories, one ‘Chem Bio’ laboratory, a Bio Resources Unit with Specific Pathogen Free containment, conference facility, restaurant, PI offices and meeting facilities.

The Science Research Building is one of three research facilities on the campus designed and delivered by Reddy A+U which include the Translational and Clinical Research Facility and the Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Research Building.

The Hardiman building is a very complex development and Reddy A+U worked with Payette Architects from Boston, delivering the project and acted as the architect of record for the scheme.

The innovative open flexible laboratory spaces promote interaction and accommodate a variety of modes of research, with dispersed core laboratory functions and highly flexible casework systems.

Façades incorporate an innovative approach to solar shading in the use of oakwood glazing with integral timber blinds. The atrium, office suites, technical work areas and perimeter corridors are all naturally ventilated and act as a ‘thermal sweater’ for the mechanically ventilated laboratory suites, reinforcing an energy-efficient strategy. Extensive use of prefabrication and off-site construction reduced carbon footprint and accelerated the programme.

The building establishes both a strong campus edge and a new pedestrian thoroughfare connecting the new science precinct with the heart of the historic campus.

  • Area

    8,000 m² (86,080 ft²)
  • Awards

    American Institute of Architects (AIA), 2016, COTE Top Ten Sustainable Projects of the Year.

    Irish Building & Design Awards, 2017, Winner, School Building of the Year

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