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Competition: Edinburgh university medical teaching facility

Edinburgh BioQuarter
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The University of Edinburgh is seeking a team to design a new £45 million medicine training building

The team chosen for the £3.5 million contract will draw up plans for a landmark 17,000m2 medical teaching centre on the university’s Edinburgh BioQuarter campus, home to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh teaching hospital and University of Edinburgh Medical School.

The project is the latest addition to the 40ha suburban development, backed by the University of Edinburgh, NHS Lothian, the City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Enterprise. The scheme will see £800 million invested in creating 150,000m2 of new buildings over the next 10 years.

In its brief, the university says the design team should consist of a lead consultant, architecture consultant, specialist medical teaching design consultant, principal designer, sustainability consultant, civil, structural, mechanical and electrical, acoustic, fire engineers, and interior designers (café only).

‘The lead consultant will be the architecture consultants, who will need to have the necessary size and experience for this type of project,’ says the brief. ‘The key areas identified and defined in this work are: practical laboratory work, clinical skills and simulation, and anatomy; large group teaching and seminar rooms; study spaces; social spaces; and professional support.’

Founded in 1582, Edinburgh University has around 36,000 students and is mid-way through a £1.5 billion investment in transforming facilities across its main four campuses.

The Edinburgh BioQuarter campus, masterplanned by Allan Murray Architects, will bring together patients, clinical staff, industrial experts and academic scientists on a single campus on the city’s southern fringes.

Last summer Michael Laird Architects submitted a planning application for a new 6,707m2 laboratory block on the campus, while other consented projects include a £50 million Centre for Tissue Regeneration and Repair by Stantec.

Applicants to deliver the medical teaching centre must have a minimum annual turnover of at least £1.5 million, and hold £10 million of public liability insurance, £10 million of employer’s liability insurance and, £10 million of professional indemnity insurance.

Bids will be evaluated 80 per cent on quality and 20 per cent on cost. The deadline for applications is midday, 6 August.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Maria Dick
University of Edinburgh
Charles Stewart House
9-16 Chambers Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1HT

Tel: +44 1316517135
Email: maria.dick@ed.ac.uk 

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