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7-8 Chambers St refurb, University of Edinburgh

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The University of Edinburgh is looking for an architect for a £1.5 million overhaul of 7-8 Chambers Street

The chosen team will transform the three-storey former police training school into a new outpost for the university’s fine-art students.

The project will restore the David Cousin and James Lessels-designed 1887 landmark and create a new link to the neighbouring Category B-listed Adam House, which is used as a university examination hall.

According to the brief: ‘The project aims to create a suite of modern corporate meetings rooms and studio space for Edinburgh College of Art. The internal fit-out works will also require, in addition to new meeting rooms and studio space, a range of support functions such as new WCs and tea prep areas.’

The Grade C-listed building occupies a prominent corner plot opposite the university’s Robert Adam-designed Old College which is home to the faculty of law, administrative offices and the Talbot Rice Gallery.

The Neoclassical-style Adam House, at 5-6 Chambers Street, was designed by William H Kininmonth in 1954. The building is used as an examination hall and venue for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Edinburgh College of Art, founded in 1760, merged with the University Of Edinburgh six years ago and is currently based across several sites including a Category A-listed building on Lady Lawson Street overlooking Grassmarket and Edinburgh Castle.

The latest project will refurbish the interior of 7-8 Chambers Street, upgrade its mechanical and electrical systems and deliver a new passenger lift. Restoration of the building’s external fabric, including the roof, windows and stonework, will also be required.

Bidders must have an annual turnover of at least £200,000 for the past three years and hold £5 million worth of employer’s liability insurance, £5 million of public liability insurance and £2 million of professional indemnity insurance.

Last month, the University of Edinburgh began a separate search for an architect to design a £20 million ‘nucleus’ building on its King’s Buildings campus.

Last summer John McAslan + Partners (JMP) won an international competition for the a £60 million School of Geosciences on the suburban site. In August the university also began a search for five architects to deliver a range of projects worth around £80.6 million in total.

The deadline for applications is noon, 15 February.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Elizabeth Lebost
University of Edinburgh
Charles Stewart House
9-16 Chambers Street

Email: elizabeth.lebost@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 1316509368

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