Scottish Crime Campus, Gartcosh

The Scottish Crime Campus at Gartcosh, near Glasgow, is a unique £75 million Scottish government-funded, state-of-the-art facility, providing high quality office accommodation, forensic laboratories and support facilities for over 1,100 staff. Delivered on time and on budget, the campus is a bespoke building that allows, for the first time, law enforcement agencies working to both devolved and UK legislation to operate under the same roof in a purpose-built facility.

The function of the building defines its architecture; the design creates a practical yet distinguished building that will encourage partners to work together collaboratively and creatively. A strong design ethos was established based on technologies used in crime detection, with DNA and chromosome biology being selected as main themes. Adopting a geometry informed by the immediate context, programme and chromosome form, the design of the building references genetic structures and imagery associated with identity; it emphasises uniqueness and, at the same time, common bonds.

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