By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.


Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.


Lewis & Hickey unveils £37m Edinburgh Uni Library revamp

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Lewis & Hickey has completed the seven-year refurbishment of Basil Spence’s Grade A-listed Main Library at the University of Edinburgh

The £37 million phased refurbishment of the 3,887m² university library, designed by Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson, took place over seven years to allow service to continue throughout the works.

Facilities throughout the eight-storey building have been upgraded with repairs to the fabric of the structure, renovation of finishes and the renewal of all building services.

The entrance foyer has been remodelled, a new Special Collections, Archive and Research Centre has been formed on the library’s top two floors, a 220 seat café has been created and a mezzanine level has been inserted to act as a gallery and exhibition space.


Study areas before refurbishment

Project data

Start on site June 2006
Date of completion March 2013                                
Gross internal floor area 3887m²
Total cost £37m
Form of contract Traditional
Client The University of Edinburgh
Architect Lewis & Hickey
Structural engineer Wren & Bell
M&E engineer RSP Consulting Engineers
Quantity surveyor Turner & Townsend

AJ Buildings Library

See original images and drawings of Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson’s Edinburgh University Library

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

Related Jobs

Sign in to see the latest jobs relevant to you!

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters