NRAP were appointed as consultants to a Cambridge-based group assisting in the foundation of a Centre for High Technologies in the grounds of Tashkent University, Uzbekistan. Initially it is to be based in a wing of an existing building constructed at the end of the Soviet era. Existing claddings were removed and replaced by insulation and a new external skin with high performance windows. A new lecture room is situated on the upper floor.
The building has been completely re-serviced re-using existing ducts, and a new wing added with a café to encourage contacts between academics and visitors. This important social space is at first floor level over a porte-cochère entrance, and is designed to operate well in the very different climatic conditions experienced between winter and summer. People passing between research laboratories and meeting and office spaces engage with the social area at every level.