Ashworth 2 is a 1970s building which sits behind the iconic Ashworth Building at Kings Buildings. Recent refurbishment has given the building - including its labs - a much needed update with sustainability in mind.
The Ashworth 2 building at King’s Buildings has been undergoing refurbishment of its offices and laboratories since September 2014. This month a major milestone was reached when the 2nd floor lab refurbishment was completed.
A flexible approach to the final design has meant that the labs have been able to incorporate improvements and developments in sustainable design and building practices during the refurbishment, such as incorporating light sensor kits to auto dim office lights.
During the refurbishment work sustainability has been incorporated into the spaces in a number of ways:
This leaves only the ground floor remaining to be refurbished.
This refurbishment project, undertaken by the School of Biological Sciences, demonstrates good practice in many areas and may provide a useful template for other laboratory refurbishments around the University of Edinburgh.
For more information about the lab refurbishment, contact Andrew Arnott.
Andrew graduated from University of Aberdeen in 2006 and spent 18 months working in an environmental management role. Moving to Edinburgh at the end of 2007 he took up a role providing energy efficiency and renewable energy advice to businesses on behalf of the Energy Saving Trust. In 2010 he spent 9 months volunteering in Malawi, setting up environmental projects. Returning to the UK in 2011 he took a role in a consultancy firm providing energy efficiency, renewable energy and resource efficiency advice to public and private sector clients.