University of Edinburgh receives green light to transform former surgical hospital

UOE-FuturesInstitute_©BennettsAssociates2017_NorthSquaresmlEdinburgh’s former Royal Infirmary Surgical Hospital, a category-A listed building at the heart of the Quartermile development, has received detailed planning permission to become a major new facility for the University of Edinburgh.

Designed by Bennetts Associates working with project managers Faithful+Gould, the scheme is to be known as the Edinburgh Futures Institute, and encompass 21,300sqm of floor space, of which 6,000sqm will be additional new space.

The approval follows the anonymous donation of £10 million towards the transformation, the biggest ever capital donation to the University.

Edinburgh Futures Institute will bring together researchers from across the University with other partners to tackle major issues within the economy, education and societies across the world.

It will be a place that interrogates the opportunities and challenges of an age in which data and the digital disrupt old institutions and foster the creation of new ones.

The old hospital comprised multiple buildings from the 19th to the late 20th centuries including the original Royal Infirmary designed by David Bryce from 1870-1879. The architect was influenced by the ‘pavilion’ model of ward design founded by nursing pioneer, Florence Nightingale. Each ward was to be three stories tall with large windows, which was thought to better circulate fresh air, combat contagion and therefore mortality rates.

UOE-FuturesInstitute_©BennettsAssociates2017_NorthElevationsmlWith the more recent medical facilities already cleared for construction, the historic building is to be restored, extended and upgraded to form a flexible space that enables collaboration among students, staff and partner organisations. In recognition of the historic building’s importance to the wider community, the multimillion pound development will include a public piazza, garden spaces and a large subterranean multi-functional space for events and lectures.

The former hospital site as a whole, now known as Quartermile, covers an entire block of Edinburgh’s inner city – reaching from the Meadows in the south to Lauriston Place in the north, and from the Middle Meadow Walk in the east to Chalmers Street in the west. The project is the largest to date in a £1.5 billion investment programme being carried out by the University over ten years.

Rab Bennetts, director of Bennetts Associates, said: “Having worked continuously for the University of Edinburgh for 14 years we are acutely aware of the importance this project has to the institution and to the city.  The Edinburgh Futures Institute demonstrates the University’s ambitions, not only in the world of higher education, but also in architectural patronage. We are privileged to see our ideas for new interventions so readily adopted.”

Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, said: “The world is experiencing major changes: climate volatility, political discontent, advances in artificial intelligence, economic upheavals. This presents big challenges. We need different ways of thinking about these issues and of devising new solutions.

“Edinburgh Futures Institute will make that difference. It will blend theoretical and practical knowledge. It will work with organisations dealing directly with these challenges and curate meaningful interactions between seemingly disparate disciplines. We want our students to embody this approach and our partners to share the vision and help us to develop it.”

UOE-FuturesInstitute_©BennettsAssociates2017smlOn receiving the £10m donation, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, Principal of the University, added: “We are deeply grateful for this visionary gift to the University, which will help us to create a truly exceptional teaching and research environment within the Edinburgh Futures Institute. The Institute will challenge us to think differently about how we can affect change, both locally and globally.

“By marrying our world-class expertise in the humanities, arts and social sciences with our sector-defining research in new data technologies, it will produce practical solutions and new approaches for the common good. This generous gift will help realise this vision.”

The main construction period is programmed to start in 2018 and be ready for occupation by the University in mid-2021.

All images courtesy of Bennetts Associates

Aberdeen Art Gallery revamp delayed by an extra year

Aberdeen Art GalleryConstruction work on the £30 million redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery is to take at least a year longer than scheduled, it has been revealed today.

The revamp of the building, which McLaughlin and Harvey began back in 2015, was scheduled to be completed in late 2017.

But Aberdeen City Council today said it now won’t be completed until late 2018 or early 2019.

The reason for the delay has not been disclosed but the Aberdeen Evening News has reported that it understands the project is facing a significant financial overspend.

Aberdeen City Council said: “Contractors responsible for the project are in ongoing discussions with Aberdeen City Council to confirm a completion date for the project, with the Gallery now expected to reopen in late 2018 or early 2019.

A report to the council’s finance, policy and resources committee next month will outline the revised schedule plus “provide further detail on the issues which have led to the extension of the programme and potential budget implications”.

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council’s culture lead, said: “High level discussions with the main contractor for the Aberdeen Art Gallery redevelopment, McLaughlin and Harvey, are ongoing to finalise a revised schedule for the project.

“Current indications are that the contractor will conclude work on site in the first quarter of 2018. Following the handover from the main contractor a further fit out programme is required before the collections can be returned and the building is prepared for opening to the public.

“The final schedule is subject to the ongoing discussions but it is anticipated opening will be delayed until late 2018 or early 2019.

“This is an important project for Aberdeen and it is imperative that what will be a lasting legacy for the city is completed to the exacting standards required for a development of this significance – but a delay of this nature is unacceptable.

“It is important the issues with the delivery of the project are fully examined and acted upon.

“Measures have already been taken, with the appointment of specialist project manager Faithful+Gould to represent the council in negotiations with the contractor.

“With any building of this age and complexity there will always be complications which can impact on the programme, and that has been the case with Aberdeen Art Gallery.

“However, we are in discussions with the contractor regarding the circumstances of the extension to the programme.”

Sir Robert McAlpine secures role on University of Edinburgh’s Quartermile project

University of Edinburgh QuartermileSir Robert McAlpine is to carry out enabling works for the University of Edinburgh on its project to transform the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary into a major educational hub.

A change of use and restoration application to extend the A-listed surgical building to provide teaching and learning spaces, a major new public event space, library and cafe and bar was submitted by the University last week.

Now the Construction Enquirer has reported that Sir Robert McAlpine has scooped the main enabling works with a £3.6 million bid.

Enabling works will consist of asbestos removal, full trip of finishes and services back to structure, roofing repairs and demolition of original foundations and cellars in parts of the building complex.

The University plans to restore and extend the existing buildings to form a wide range of teaching and learning spaces under plans drawn up by architect Bennetts Associates.

The architects intend to optimise conservation of key features of the 19th century building including the retention and restoration of the stone walls, slate roofs and entrance hall.

New four-storey “infill buildings” will be constructed in the two courtyards between the east and west hospital wards and will provide space for lecture halls and teaching spaces.

Developers will also remove the existing gatehouse directly in front of the main entrance on Lauriston Place to make way for a new entrance square.

Project and programme management consultancy, Faithful+Gould is leading the redevelopment of the project at Lauriston Place, supported by structural engineer Will Rudd Davidson and Atkins’ Glasgow office as services engineer, with investment from built environment specialist Scape Group.

If approved, work could start by 2018 and be ready for occupation by 2021.

University of Edinburgh unveils education hub plans at former Royal Infirmary

University of Edinburgh QuartermileThe University of Edinburgh has submitted plans to transform the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary into a major educational hub.

A change of use and restoration application has been filed to extend the A-listed surgical building to provide teaching and learning spaces, a major new public event space, library and cafe and bar.

Spearheaded by Bennetts Associates, the Quartermile initiative will repurpose the historic building to offer 21,300sq/m of floor space, 6,000sq/m of which will be new build.

The architects intend to optimise conservation of key features of the 19th century building including the retention and restoration of the stone walls, slate roofs and entrance hall.

New four-storey “infill buildings” will be constructed in the two courtyards between the east and west hospital wards and will provide space for lecture halls and teaching spaces.

Developers will also remove the existing gatehouse directly in front of the main entrance on Lauriston Place to make way for a new entrance square.

Project and programme management consultancy, Faithful+Gould is leading the redevelopment of the project at Lauriston Place, with investment from built environment specialist Scape Group.

Mark Robinson, chief executive of Scape Group, said: “This incredible building has been at the heart of Edinburgh for more than three centuries. Quartermile is one of the largest regeneration schemes in Scotland and through our framework, the university will be able to offer further world-class facilities ensuring that they continue to attract some of the leading academics and business people of the future.”

Detailed designs will be considered by the City of Edinburgh Council’s planning officials, and if approved, work could start by 2018 and be ready for occupation by 2021.

An Edinburgh University spokesman said: “We’re very excited about this project and have been consulting with the neighbourhood around the next steps of the development.

“We will be revealing more details in the coming months.”

New Aberdeen school campus clears planning

Stoneywood school AberdeenWork is to start on a new school two-stream primary school campus and nursery early next month after the project was given the all clear by Aberdeen City Council.

The Stoneywood Primary School will be constructed on the grounds of the former Bankhead Academy which was demolished following a fire in 2012. The site is near the A96 Aberdeen to Inverurie road.

Designed by Scott Brownrigg to accommodate 16 classrooms with direct access to the surrounding grounds, the facility will accommodate 434 pupils from the existing school. The new building will also include eco-friendly facilities such as low-energy central heating and solar panels, while a Toucan crossing will be built on Old Meldrum Road.

Stoneywood school Aberdeen 2Morgan Sindall Construction has been appointed to deliver the new school, assisted by Fairhurst Structures, TUV-SUD, Wardell Armstrong Landscape and Faithful and Gould quantity surveyors.

Councillor Angela Taylor, education and children’s services committee convener, said: “This shows we are delivering on education which was our number one commitment. We are showing this with our investment.

“We are going to have six schools built or started which is phenomenal. I’m delighted Stoneywood is to start.”

Stoneywood school Aberdeen 3Cllr Taylor added the council is doing all it can to repair or replace schools not fit for purpose.

“We have found our estate wasn’t looked after properly for a number of years,” she said.

“We have tried to look at it logically and to build schools which are big enough.

“Kids need a modern education and they need new schools to learn in.

“It will be finished by March but pupils won’t go into it until after the Easter holidays.”

The project is expected to be completed in March 2018.

Main contractor sought for £63.5m East Ayrshire campus

East Ayrshire CouncilA main contractor is being sought to help deliver a £63.5 million education campus for East Ayrshire Council.

The planned Knockroon Learning & Enterprise Campus development in the Broomfield area of Cumnock will include: a merged primary school, incorporating two existing primary schools as well as Auchinleck Academy and Cumnock Academy. The proposals also include further education and business enterprise facilities.

It is set to be the biggest capital project ever undertaken by East Ayrshire Council.

Industry consultants Faithful+Gould will act as quantity surveyor while architect is Sheppard Robson.

Current plans envisage work starting on site in April 2017 and completing by July 2019.

The value of the main construction contract is estimated at £50m. Contractors interested in bidding have until 26th September 2016 to register interest and must have a minimum annual turnover of £100m (twice the contract value) for the last three years.

Faithful+Gould wins QS role on £63.5m East Ayrshire campus

Faithful and GouldIndustry consultants Faithful+Gould has been selected to help deliver a £63.5 million education campus in East Ayrshire.

The company will act as quantity surveyor on the Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus development, the biggest capital project ever undertaken by East Ayrshire Council.

The project will help accommodate over 2,000 secondary, primary and pre-school pupils and is to begin construction in 2017.

Sheppard Robson was appointed architect for the project earlier this year.

Barry Young, project lead and associate director at Faithful+Gould, said: “We will deliver a facility that recognises the scale of the investment and our contribution will be to optimise capital expenditure, maintenance and lifetime running costs, increase functionality and efficiency, maximise environmental performance and end user satisfaction overall.”

Alistair Kidd, senior project and capital accounting manager with East Ayrshire Council, added: “East Ayrshire Council is delighted to be working with Faithful+Gould who will be acting as employers’ agents and quantity surveyors on the Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus. Faithful+Gould is one of world’s largest consultancies, with a proven record of delivering project and cost management services on a range of large and complex construction projects.”

Subject to completion of all necessary consultations and procurement procedures, construction is planned to begin in July 2017, with a planned opening scheduled for 2019.

Faithful+Gould to project manage £1bn Glasgow Uni campus work

The Learning and Teaching Hub set for the Gilmorehill Campus

The Learning and Teaching Hub set for the Gilmorehill Campus

Faithful+Gould has been appointed as programme and project manager for the 10-year, £1 billion expansion of the University of Glasgow’s Gilmorehill Campus.

The £1billion masterplan, for the creation of a new campus for the University of Glasgow on the site of the former Western Infirmary, is believed to currently be the biggest procurement project in Britain, with an investment greater than that for the regeneration of Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Faithful+Gould will oversee the provision of six academic buildings, forming a ‘smart campus’ with integrated technology and the development of a new civic square. The Learning and Teaching Hub, Research Hub, Institute of Health and Wellbeing and College of Social Sciences, College of Arts, College of Science and Engineering and Alliance of Chronic Diseases will revolutionise teaching and research at the University.

A combination of flexible and specialist space and interactive hubs, will provide multi-functional support for individual and group learning while facilitating the opportunity to bring leading researchers together with aspiring research teams from the University and industry experts, building on Glasgow’s current world leading reputation.

The campus will provide new, active public spaces including a new civic square and improved pedestrian and cycle links between Byres Road and Kelvingrove Park. Furthermore, the considered masterplan will enliven the area through active frontages and initiatives to deliver vibrancies and a sense of place out with the University’s core hours of operation, integrating with and enhancing the wider West End of Glasgow.

Paul Sherry, director at Faithful+Gould, said: “This is a very exciting project and will be one of the most high profile higher education programmes in Britain over the next decade.

“The University of Glasgow already has a fantastic reputation and this project will enhance that and make sure that it stays at the forefront of research and learning innovation for years to come. It will also set the standard for the future development of universities with its multi-functional learning hubs rather than traditional lecture halls, and the way in which it will be able to interact with industry and the public as well as academics around the globe.”

Faithful+Gould has started procurement of a delivery partner which is expected to be in place early next year. It said the project would be expected to create more than 2,500 new jobs.

The full client project team includes WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff as multi discipline engineering contractor and global architecture firm HLM.

Marriot brand plans 230 bed hotel at Edinburgh Airport

Moxy Edinburgh AirportPlans have been submitted to build a 230 bed hotel at Edinburgh Airport.

The proposal by Marriot owned hotel brand Moxy is set for the site of a former golf driving range within the Royal Highland Showground site.

To be designed by Faithful + Gould, the new hotel would include a bar, conference, meeting rooms, café and food areas with associated landscaping and car parking.

A hotel proposed by Holiday Inn Express has already been approved to the west of the site.

McLaughlin & Harvey to build Edinburgh University’s Data Technology Institute

1417 Data Technology InstituteThe University of Edinburgh has selected contractor McLaughlin & Harvey to deliver its £28 million Data Technology Institute.

Designed by Bennetts Associates, the building is to be the third and final phase of the University’s Potterrow development, following the completion of the Informatics Forum and Dugald Stewart Building, and it will complete the urban block and courtyard of the original scheme.

The previous phases received numerous accolades including the ‘Andrew Doolan Award’ from the RIAS as well as the RICSSustainability’ and ‘Project of the Year’ awards and the Edinburgh Architecture Association’sBuilding of the Year Award’.

The new building, which received detailed planning consent in June 2015, will be home to a broad group of occupants from across the University, its start-up and spin-out companies, and industrial collaborators. The building has four to six floors of accommodation around an atrium.

Site establishment work will start next month, with completion of the building expected in late 2017.

Alongside architect Bennetts Associates, the project team includes Faithful & GouldBuro HappoldTurner & Townsend and Ironside Farrar.