Farr Institute, Edinburgh

SAS International helps to create an open, collaborative and exciting office environment whilst maintaining a high degree of sound absorbency at the Farr Institute.

Key features




Scottish Enterprise


Michael Laird Architects


Robertson Construction

Completion year


System type

SAS330, SAS600, SAS500, SAS130


United Kingdom

Product Groups

The Farr Institute in Edinburgh is a collaboration between six Scottish Universities and the NHS National Services Scotland. They aim to place the country as a global leader in health informatics research whilst improving the health of the Scottish population.

30,000 sq. ft. has been fitted out to accommodate Bio Incubator laboratories and offices together with meeting, conference and dining facilities. The remainder of the building will accommodate laboratories and offices for life science research.

SAS International’s acoustic baffles were specified to meet acoustic demand and make the most of the high ceilings and breathable space. The colours, baffle layout and service integration were carefully co-ordinated to the brief.

SAS130 and SAS330 were specified and installed in the central core. Both systems offer quick and easy access to otherwise hidden mechanical and electrical systems. With SAS130, tiles can be lifted out to gain access to the ceiling void. SAS330’s hinge notch allows tiles to be hung vertically from C-Profiles, providing unobstructed access to the ceiling void.

The bright red SAS 600 acoustic rafts were installed in the entrance lobby, a deliberate visual ploy to aesthetically differentiate the space from the offices. For similar reasons, the canteen area employs a SAS205 mesh variant. This change in panels visually separates the staff amenity areas from work areas without the need to restrict available space with partitioning.

Ray Kwiecinski at Michael Laird Architects gave the below quote on working with SAS International;

“MLA has specified a variety of SAS International’s lay-in grid ceiling systems over the years and we have always been extremely satisfied with the finished product.

At the Farr Institute however, we decided to create a feature of the structural soffits and the M&E services and, by careful coordination of these services, the steel beams… [With] the SAS Baffle System and SAS Raft System 600, we were able to create an open, collaborative and exciting office environment whilst maintaining a high degree of sound absorbency.

Our Client is delighted with the results as are we.”

The Institute’s independent research will support innovation in the public sector, leading to advances in preventative medicine, improvements in NHS care and better development of commercial drugs and diagnostics.

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