University of Edinburgh

Indeglas internal glazed screens feature in two RIAS award winning Edinburgh projects

St Cecilia’s Hall at the University of Edinburgh

Indeglas has been specified by architects Page\Park to develop the design, then carry out the supply and installation of internal glass screens and fully glazed doors at St Cecilia’s Hall, the University of Edinburgh’s music museum and teaching space in the heart of the city’s Old Town.

Internal glass screens were individually scribed to existing stonework arches with feature glazed fire screens enabling light to flood through the building. Bespoke detailing throughout ensured that the architectural gem came to life with old and new presenting in complete harmony.

The restoration of St Cecilia’s Hall was recognised with an RIAS award, as was Boroughmuir High School another project recently completed by Indeglas.

The Cumbernauld-based interior glass solutions supplier, formerly known as Deko Scotland, is a specialist contractor and sole distributor in the UK and Ireland for the products of glass manufacturer DEKO of Denmark.

Established 17 years ago, Indeglas distributes and installs all over the UK, and is one of the only full-service, Tier 2 subcontractors which can source, design, and install DEKO’s leading-edge glass solutions.

Jeanette MacIntyre, founder and managing director of Indeglas, said: “The St Cecilia’s Hall project required a high level of craftsmanship as a number of screens needed to be templated, scribed to stonework arches then glass-fitted to shapes which were extremely irregular. Our site installation teams produced a very high level of finish. To look at the screens now you would think they had always been there.

“We are, of course, very pleased to have been selected to undertake this contract and see it as a clear indication that Indeglas is rapidly becoming the preferred supplier of a growing number of the country’s top performing design teams and construction companies.”

Jeanette added: “Equally, as a result of our expertise in delivering interior glass solutions, we are able to offer the University directly the maintenance and servicing of the installation for the lifetime of the building, an aspect of our service provision which brings confidence and security for the client from the design stage all the way through the life of the building.

“As a Scottish business, the opportunity to work on such prestigious projects for the University of Edinburgh is a huge honour. We offer the University, its Estates team, appointed architects and contractors, the benefits of our nearly 70 years of collective industry experience, as well as our commitment to full client engagement at every level of our business.”

Innovation centre and campus hub opens at University of Edinburgh

A £23 million animal science innovation centre and campus hub has been officially unveiled at the University of Edinburgh by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

Designed by Atkins, the Charnock Bradley Building at the university’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies provides a place at the heart of the campus for staff, students, and businesses to share ideas, innovations and research.

The facility forms part of the University of Edinburgh’s four-phase, 20-year development of the campus to establish it as a world-leading centre of excellence for animal science.

The 7,000m2 sustainable building brings together university students, staff and research scientists into shared facilities including a gym, student services, cafe, teaching laboratory and exhibition space. The building also houses the Roslin Innovation Centre, an ‘incubator’ with research and development laboratories and offices for bioscience companies, including start-ups.

The building is also home to the Easter Bush Innovation Centre, a teaching laboratory used by schools to encourage interest in science and to provide children with access to advanced scientific equipment. The gym and shop will also be available for public use.

Lead architect Neil McLean said: “Our design allowed for open spaces that help build a community between the building users. We’ve designed to allow for maximum adaptability and flexibility within the building. The laboratory and office spaces, for example, can be easily arranged in an open-plan, group, or small-scale format depending on the end-user’s requirements. We wanted the building to be loose and flexible, and able to accommodate any use the tenants envision in future, optimising the space for collaboration and innovation.”

The exterior of the building has two key design elements: a grounded triangular block, clad in natural stone with a living green wall complete with irrigation to fit the surrounding landscape; and an elevated glazed ellipse form. Together, they create a unique identity for a building intended to serve as a hub at the heart of a campus.

Neil said: “The client wanted an iconic design that was distinguishable from the surrounding facilities and allowed for future redevelopment as set out in the campus masterplan, and the team worked exceptionally hard to achieve this vision.”

Sustainability was another key driver for the design. The building achieved a BREEAM excellent rating and has an ambitious 60% CO2 saving over 2007 Scottish Building Regulations. The post-tension flat concrete slabs used in the building design allow for exposed soffits within the office and shared facility areas, bringing the benefit of thermal mass cooling and storage.

Another strategy for high sustainable performance is orientating the building with the offices facing north, which means a mixed-mode cooling and heating strategy can be adopted, avoiding the need for traditional mechanically cooled systems.

Images courtesy of Atkins

University of Edinburgh unveils £7m study centre plans

The University of Edinburgh is to invest £7 million to transform its Old Kirk Postgraduate Centre into a hub for meeting, collaboration and study.

The centre on Holyrood Road will provide postgraduate research students from all three Colleges with new areas for formal and informal study.

It will offer postgraduate students bookable spaces for events, conferences and group work.

Working with Consarc Conservation, the university will add a stone clad extension over three floors to aid circulation and allow the required level of accommodation to be delivered.

Kai O’Doherty, vice president societies and activities at Edinburgh University Students’ Association, said: “The redevelopment of the Old Kirk is a welcome move towards creating a community-building study space where postgraduates from across all colleges can get together to meet, collaborate and work together. The involvement of postgraduate students in shaping the plans, and in running the building once built, will only strengthen the sense of ownership necessary for its success.”

Professor Jane Norman, vice-principal people and culture, added: “I am delighted to see these plans for the Old Kirk taking shape. This redevelopment will provide a superb space for postgraduate students to study, work together and relax, as well as providing a venue for student led postgraduate events, enhancing interdisciplinary working and the student experience.”

Construction of the Old Kirk Postgraduate Student Centre is set to begin at the end of this year. The centre is scheduled to open in early 2020.

The development is part of a £200m investment being made over the next eight years to dramatically improve facilities for students.

Engineering students get to grips with live project at University of Edinburgh

(from left) Matt McGowan, design manager for Robertson Central East; Pedro Damas; Victor Timmers and Professor David Ingram

Engineering students at the University of Edinburgh have secured a work placement with Robertson Group after lending their specialist skills to a live project.

The company is currently undertaking enabling works at the King’s Buildings Campus for University of Edinburgh, ahead of a wider renovation project.

And Robertson Central East, the main contractor, decided to look close to home when trying to solve a challenging aspect of the project.

They tasked 40 final-year students enrolled in a Computational Flow Dynamics (CFD) module to use specialist software to track the flow of air through the external envelope of the campus’ purpose-built mechanical and electrical plant (MEP) building.

The students took into account factors including wind speed, direction, turbulence and the bespoke cladding on the exterior of the building.

Pedro Damas and Victor Timmers were selected to present their findings to a panel from Robertson Group, the University of Edinburgh’s Estates Management team and CFD lecturer Professor David Ingram – with both awarded a gift voucher and work placement offers from Robertson.

Matt McGowan, design manager for Robertson Central East, said: “As part of the enabling works we are carrying out at King’s Buildings, the completed MEP building will house specialist machinery that must be kept below a certain temperature. Maintaining natural ventilation within the building is fundamental to achieving this.

“Our client’s architect suggested that we obtain CFD analysis from a third party to clarify that the external envelope was able to provide sufficient free area ventilation. After struggling to find a suitable expert to do this, we turned our attention slightly closer to home – the neighbouring building, in fact.

“We approached Professor Ingram to work with us in presenting the challenge as a final-year project to his students and, although we ended up working out the solution ourselves, the students’ results confirmed our findings.

“Both Victor and Pedro really impressed us – and hopefully it’s been as valuable for them as it was for us. We’re looking forward to welcoming them on site over the next few months, should they accept our offer.”

Professor David Ingram said: “The opportunity came at precisely the right time as we were looking for a real-life industry project that would help the computational fluid dynamics students master the StarCCM+ software in an engaging way.

“It’s a real challenge to simplify such a complex problem and to deliver high-quality simulations and the project provided a fantastic final exercise for the class – it engaged the students and gave them a real-world example to talk about in job interviews.

“Our students presented clear, practical findings that have helped Robertson confirm the results of their own desktop study. The exercise has given the students a skill not many in the country have.”

Victor Timmers (left) and Pedro Damas with the MEP building on the right-hand side

Mechanical Engineering student Pedro Damas said: “Tackling a real-life scenario makes the process much more engaging, and it was a great opportunity to take the theory, apply it and discuss my results with the panel. It was a great challenge, and took me out of my comfort zone.”

David Cairns, managing director for Robertson Central East, added: “The feedback from the students has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are delighted to offer them real-life design experience and future work placements.”

The enabling work is expected to complete by July 2018 ahead of the renovation of what is predominantly the university’s science campus.

Kier wins £7.7m contract to transform Murchison House for University of Edinburgh

Murchison House

Kier Construction Scotland has been awarded a £7.7 million contract by the University of Edinburgh to carry out the transformation of the Grade B-listed Murchison House.

Work began in mid-December 2017 and is to be complete in time for the teaching semester in September 2018.

Murchison House is located on the King’s Buildings Campus within the University. The former British Geological Survey building, which is currently lying vacant, will receive an extensive fit-out and refurbishment to transform it into a dynamic multi-functional building with open-plan teaching hub with study spaces, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces, Edinburgh Innovations offices and incubation units and a range of student service offices.

Murchison House will also be equipped with the very latest in IT and audio visual facilities, improving the working and learning environment for students and staff.

The announcement builds on Kier’s extensive expertise within the higher education sector. The contractor is currently on site at a number of iconic buildings, including the refurbishment of Edinburgh College of Art and carrying out the intricate restoration of the fire-damaged Mackintosh Building at the world-famous Glasgow School of Art.

Brian McQuade, managing director of the Kier Construction Scotland and north east, said: “We are delighted to have won this important contract which demonstrates our solid record of successfully completing major projects of this scale and builds upon our relationship with the University of Edinburgh where we are currently working on the refurbishment of Edinburgh College of Art.”

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

University of Edinburgh drops Teviot Row House expansion plans

Original plans for the Student Centre

Original plans for the Student Centre

Plans to expand and renovate the student union facility at Teviot Row House have been significantly scaled back by the University of Edinburgh following feedback from a public consultation.

Under the £75 million plans, which were unveiled to students and staff ahead of a wider consultation in June, a new Student Centre was to be constructed between Bristo Square and George Square at the University’s central area campus.

Proposed to bring together the University’s core student support functions under one roof, alongside those provided by Edinburgh Students’ Association, the new building was to link to an expansion and renovation of the existing student union facility at Teviot Row House.

Under the new proposals, a garden beside the gothic-style landmark has been saved and a significant extension is to be built onto the rear of the existing 19th century building.

Teviot Row House, the oldest purpose built students’ union in the world, will boast a brand new large-scale venue in the new building, while its existing debating hall, will be restored and modernised.

A spokeswoman for the University said: “Following feedback from the first public consultation held in June, amended architectural designs for a new Student Centre are being made available for comment.

“Significant changes have been made to the original proposals, with Teviot Row House garden being preserved and additional facilities being created along Charles Street Lane.

“Teviot Row House will be completely refurbished and made fully accessible, keeping its unique character but improving and expanding the range of services offered. Connections will also be formed with a brand new student services building on George Square.”

It is hoped the first phase of work will get underway next year, with the new Teviot Row House due to open in 2023.

CCG completes Appleton Tower upgrade for University of Edinburgh

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH - APPLETON TOWERA core University of Edinburgh building which is recognised as an exemplar of modern design by Historic Environment Scotland has received an £11.98 million upgrade by CCG (Scotland) Ltd.

The Glasgow-based construction specialist said the new over-cladding of Appleton Tower has reinvigorated the building’s facade which was essential due to the condition and remaining lifespan of the original cladding. A new rooftop storey and new east entrance with landscaping has been created to breathe new life into the Tower and Central Area Campus.

The works undertaken to Appleton Tower were actioned after an extensive period of assessment stretching as far back as 2008. The University of Edinburgh wanted to improve accessibility and introduce additional space for students, staff, conferences and events.

APPLETON TOWER - UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGHCCG’s building renewals division, Specialist Building Services (SBS) was chosen to lead the construction works in November 2015 and through SBS’s unmatched expertise, Appleton Tower now has upgraded external thermal insulation to improve environmental performance, a brand new natural façade that will extend the life of the building and a newly configured main entrance offering better disability access.

The building also has a newly formed extension offering students, staff and visitors excellent study, teaching and educational facilities with stunning views across the Edinburgh skyline.

CCG Specialist Building Services manager, Paul Muldoon, said: “Appleton Tower is one of the most challenging projects CCG SBS has ever undertaken. The level of works required to modernise the building were hugely extensive but due to the excellent management on site, we have performed them to the very highest quality standards.

“We are extremely proud to have delivered what is now the first of two phases of work at Appleton Tower. The second phase, due for final completion winter 2017, has involved the extensive reconfiguration and refurbishment of teaching facilities over six floors which will improve the learning environment for both faculty and students.”

Sheppard Robson to design University of Edinburgh’s ‘Nucleus Project’

Luke Thurman

Luke Thurman

Architectural practice Sheppard Robson has been appointed by the University of Edinburgh to design its ‘Nucleus Project’.

The ‘Nucleus’ will be the focal point for the strategic redevelopment of the University’s King’s Buildings Campus; providing centralised space for learning and teaching associated with the schools that comprise the College of Science and Engineering.

This phased development will incorporate flexible learning spaces; study areas; lecture theatres; catering outlets; a gym; retail and a student information centre. Integrating into complementary landscaping and infrastructure proposals, this aspirational, world-class facility will be a centralised resource designed to encourage and facilitate collaboration across the various schools.

Internal spaces will be rich with state-of-the-art teaching and learning amenities that can be adapted to suit future needs; creating contemporary facilities that will meet the College of Science and Engineering’s student growth targets; all built to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard.

The centralisation of comparable spaces within each school will also release new space within these schools for dedicated/specialised teaching spaces and research, as well as providing opportunities for future expansion.

Luke Thurman, associate at Sheppard Robson, said: “Sheppard Robson in Scotland has continued to build upon our specialism in Higher Education facilities, and our appointment to the University of Edinburgh’s Nucleus Project underlines our ongoing commitment to this sector.

“Coming off the back of our recent win of the refurbishment and extension of the Joseph Black Chemistry building on the same campus, our aim is to work hand in hand with the University to create state-of-the-art facilities that will continue to attract the best minds to study in Scotland.

“Higher Education is a rapidly changing arena that moves with the times perhaps faster than any other sector in terms of its facilities, and the Nucleus Project will reflect and complement the globally-renowned courses on offer at the University of Edinburgh.”

Morris & Spottiswood wins University of Edinburgh fit-out deal

Kincaid Court

Kincaid Court

Fit-out firm Morris & Spottiswood has secured a contract to transform student accommodation at the University of Edinburgh.

Work has already started at the Kincaid Court campus which is the University’s largest self-catered residence containing more than 250 bedrooms.

Morris & Spottiswood operations manager, Ronnie Forrest, said the £3 million contract will be carried out between June and December 2017 and includes major renovation work to bedrooms, kitchens and showers.

He said: “The Kincaid Court site is a large development consisting of three blocks to the east, west and south of a central courtyard. The layout of each block is broken down into flats with four or five rooms and a small number of 12-person flats. There is also a large common room and laundry on site.

“The project will involve an upgrade to roof insulation, replacement of internal and external doors and skim coat spray plastering throughout. New kitchens and shower room pods are also being installed along with upgrades to toilet areas. Further work includes new floor coverings and a new boiler room and gas heating plant. A fundamental part of the work will involve widescale mechanical and electrical engineering.”

Ronnie Forrest

Ronnie Forrest

Mr Forrest added: “A schedule has been set to deliver the project quickly and efficiently in a two-phase format. The work will be delivered from June through to December in 2017. The first phase involves 120 rooms in block 2 as well as the boiler and plant equipment taking place between June and September.

“The second phase involves blocks 1 and 3 with a further 134 rooms plus two twin rooms and a double room. This is scheduled to run from September to December with all works completed prior the Christmas break.”

Morris & Spottiswood operates nationwide employing a total of 390 people, following an 8pc rise in staff numbers in 2016.It has four separate service divisions – fit-out, housing, M&E and maintenance.

Mr Forrest said the latest high-level education sector contract adds to a portfolio of work spanning across retail, financial, housing, leisure, health and commercial sectors.

“Morris & Spottiswood is one of the largest fit-out organisations in the UK,” he said. “We work on many scales from national programmes to local fit-out and refurbishment projects. A key service we are delivering on the University of Edinburgh project, which is driving strong corporate growth, is our comprehensive M&E service. This is now a fundamental part of our operation which continues to expand each year.

“We are experiencing strong demand for M&E services because we deliver a one stop solution from survey and inspection, through design to installation, commissioning, testing, inspection and aftercare. This covers assets such as heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, plumbing, lighting, power, communications and security. Our skilled technicians also deliver planned maintenance programmes, cyclical repairs and asset renewals on projects ranging in value from £5,000 to £5million per scheme.”