Hypostyle Architects

University of Strathclyde, Advanced Forming Research Centre

The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is a public/private sector partnership designed to drive technological improvements and profitability within the within the aerospace, marine and automotive industries.

Located in Inchinnan, and forming part of the university’s extended campus, the AFRC is a beacon for engineering and manufacturing excellence, housed in high quality, purpose built facilities and designed to meet the Client’s aspirations for an iconic building that reflects the status of a world class research centre that supports research for global industrial manufacturing companies such as Rolls Royce, Boeing & Airbus.

The building form consists of a collection of grouped volumes that reflect the three main activities that the building accommodates, namely, laboratories, offices & workshops. The volumes are visually collected under large mono-pitch roofs. The offices are situated at the front with a monopitch roof rising up giving space for services distribution. The research laboratories are just behind with a flat roof to house building services, screened from view but readily accessible for maintenance and replacement. At the rear the large workshops rise again with a monopitch roof housing the large pieces of specialist equipment.

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