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.

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