The Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) for the University of Strathclyde is an eight storey collaborative research and conference centre in the heart of Glasgow. The building provides specialist laboratories, research spaces and collaborative meeting spaces for around 900 staff. Additionally the building provides conference facilities and meeting rooms, including a 450 and 150 seat auditorium. The TIC project promotes knowledge exchange by stimulating the exchange of ideas and expertise with business and public sector organisations in a way that will improve university-business entrepreneurship, industry engagement and research commercialisation through strategic industry focussed partnerships, networks, mutual leverage and value. Through collaboration and consultation between the client group and the design team, the desire was to create a landmark building as befits the civic status of the facility. The building needed to be flexible and fully accessible with easily re-configurable spaces, as well as being highly environmentally sustainable.
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