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Architect sought for £20m Edinburgh University hub

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The University of Edinburgh is looking for an architect to design a £20 million ‘nucleus’ building on its King’s Buildings campus

The phased project  will create a multi-building hub connecting a range of existing structures on the suburban campus (pictured) 3.2km south of Edinburgh city centre, and will be delivered in multiple phases over the next 10 years.

The winning architect-led multidisciplinary team will draw up detailed plans for the first phase, planned to complete in 2022, which will deliver a new building near to the campus’s historic Ashworth Laboratories.

According to the brief: ‘The nucleus project comprises of a series of buildings built in the heart of the campus behind Ashworth, and will include a mixture of new-build and refurbishment projects accommodating central teaching facilities, study areas, catering outlets, gym, retail and a student information centre.

‘The nucleus “hub” is visualised as a series of buildings creating the “beating heart of the campus”. Our vision is that a centralised teaching building is provided as part of the “nucleus” to accommodate all undergraduate teaching at the campus, facilitate collaborations between schools, and free up space within schools for dedicated/specialised teaching space and research, as well as future expansion.’

Founded in 1582, Edinburgh is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world. The King’s Buildings campus is home to more than 40 faculties, laboratories and libraries, and is the main base for the university’s science and engineering departments.

Last summer John McAslan + Partners (JMP) won an international competition for the a £60 million School of Geosciences on the 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 nucleus project’s first phase is expected to include refurbishment, new-build and enabling works. It will be located near to several existing buildings. Once complete, the structure will include teaching areas, study rooms, cafés, retail units and a student information centre.

Bids to deliver the BREEAM Excellent project will be assessed 60 per cent on quality and 40 per cent on cost, with up to six teams set to be shortlisted.

Applicants must have at least £5 million of employer’s liability insurance cover, £5 million of public liability insurance and £5 million of professional indemnity insurance.

The deadline for applications is noon, 10 February.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Diane Sherry
University Of Edinburgh
Charles Stewart House
9-16 Chambers Street

Tel: +44 1316508202
Email: diane.sherry@ed.ac.uk



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