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Project ICE

Empowering Personalized Care

With aims to become a global centre of excellence for precision medicine, Glasgow University's Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) is already home to Scotland’s first 7 Tesla MRI scanner – the first of its kind in the UK in a clinical setting. The scanner will be a focus of research for clinical and non-clinical academic imaging specialists and clinical physics expertise. Throughout the design process we consulted with several key stakeholder groups to better understand their clinical and scientific processes to design a sequence led combination of research, study, collaboration and write up accommodation.

The ICE building is designed to allow direct ambulatory access for patients, and the building is linked to the new Clinical Research Facility to allow clinical trials to benefit from the advanced imaging technologies. The elevation concept established was developed to meet functional parameters of the site, however the foundations of the design are based on the imaging functionality of the 7T MRI scanner, creating slices across the built form.


3,000 sqm


Glasgow, UK


University of Glasgow

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Glazed openings are coordinated with the internal glazed screens into the Collaboration Zone, to provide greater transparency and natural light across the deep floor plate. Rooflights within the internal Collaboration Zone have also been aligned with internal glazed screens to maximize the potential for deep penetrating daylight which creates a feeling of transparency and lightness when the floorplate is occupied. Integrated louvres (within the curtain walling system) and cladding provide the required free air area for plant extract without compromising the minimal aesthetic of the envelope.

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