As part of the Design Team, KJ Tait recently attended the ministerial opening of the newly completed Barley Field Centre and Mylnefield Farm Building. This is the initial phase of the wider International Barley Hub project for The James Hutton Institute at their Invergowrie site.
The two new modern buildings incorporate a mix of laboratory, farm workshop and office accommodation, and replace a number of legacy buildings throughout the site which were in poor repair and no longer fit for purpose. The buildings have been designed on a simple principle of good insulation and air-tightness with high quality cladding materials and glazing systems to keep U-values low, resulting in net carbon emissions below the recommended thresholds for buildings of this type. The buildings benefit from heating by way of air source heat pump technology.
Barley accounts for the largest area of cereal crop grown in Scotland and is the primary raw ingredient for the whisky and beer industries. This development, plus the main new International Barley Hub and Advance Plant Growth Centre PGC research facility scheduled for completion in June 2024.
The Institute has a newsletter dedicated to the project which can be found here….