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Architect needed for £1.5m Edinburgh uni archive

South Gyle
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The University of Edinburgh is on the hunt for an architect for a £1.5 million archive centre in South Gyle

Planned to start on site later this year, the project will create an 800m² collections facility inside an existing 1990s warehouse.

The prestigious university’s collections service currently occupies two of four separate units inside the 3,800m² light industrial building.

The project will expand the department into the third unit – which features independent access – while the fourth unit will remain leased to a separate, private company.

According to the contract notice: ‘Two of the university occupied sections of the building currently house a range of university collections which include books, journals, archives, manuscripts and letters, heritage collections, ancient musical instruments, artworks and museum objects. These units also accommodate staff offices and a conservation studio.’

The document continued: ‘The existing building is constructed of a steel portal frame, with block work walls and insulated profiled metal cladding located beneath a double pitched insulated profiled metal clad roof. Externally the building is surrounded by grassed areas within security fencing to the North and West sides, and a secure car parking to the South and East sides.’

Key proposals include upgrading the building’s insulation and increasing its air tightness. A new mezzanine, roller racking and building services will also be delivered.

The winning architect-led multidisciplinary team – set to be announced on 25 March – will receive a fee worth around eight per cent of the project’s total construction cost.

Located on the western edge of the Scottish capital, the South Gyle commercial district is home to a number of high-profile institutions including the Royal Bank of Scotland, sportscotland and the Scottish Prison Service.

Eduardo Paolozzi’s sculpture The Wealth of Nations (pictured) features at the entrance to the area’s main business park.

The deadline for requests to participate is 12noon on 5 February.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Gordon Whittaker
University of Edinburgh
Charles Stewart House
9-16 Chambers Street

Tel: +44 1316502759

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