TÜV SÜD Wallace Whittle were involved in the design of the new Scottish Government Crime Campus, located in Gartcosh. The multi-million pound facility brought together many of the key crime fighting organisations to enhance inter-agency collaboration and maximise efficient working between agencies.
The 200,000sqft DNA inspired main building is home to over 1000 of Scottish Elite Crime Fighting organisations’ finest staff. The project involved the design of many different facilities under the one roof which included, Forensic Laboratories, Data Centre, Office Accommodation, Garage Facilities, bespoke Operation rooms and various other ancillary areas. All of these areas were brought together on one site to deliver a campus style headquarters building.
The project brief highlighted the necessity to create a sustainable building while creating a useable, functional space for each of the agencies to maximise the potential of the building. With this in mind the Mechanical and Electrical infrastructure was designed to accommodate the needs and function of the building.
The building houses one of the largest ground source heat pump schemes in Scotland to provide the building with a sustainable method of heating and cooling the building. Solar Water Heating was also utilised to further reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
The design also utilised building Integrated Environmental Solutions software which helped in the analysis to deliver a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ as well attaining an energy rating of ‘B’ in compliance with Section 6 of the Technical Standards associated with the Building Regulations.
Resilience was one of the key design factors incorporated within the building to ensure continuity of supply to the agencies that require this during normal working practices. There is also a data centre facility which is designed to the industry recognised, Tier III classification and with that an IT infrastructure that can potentially deliver 10GB to the desk.
Security for the building was another key design factor and all staff involved were security vetted to various levels, appropriately for each task. A number of security solutions have been adopted on site, as would be expected with such a facility.