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Competition: Firbush Outdoor Centre and Strathclyde Rowing Centre, Scotland

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The University of Edinburgh is recruiting architects to overhaul a pair of off-campus sports facilities in Scotland

The prestigious university is seeking separate design teams for a £1.2 million overhaul of the Firbush Outdoor Centre on Loch Tay and a £1.2 million extension to the Strathclyde Rowing Centre east of Glasgow.

The winner of the first contract will refurbish and extend the Firbush Outdoor Centre which has hosted outdoor activity holidays for university staff and students for more than 50 years. Sports available at the site and nearby include sailing, windsurfing, mountaineering, hillwalking and cross country skiing.

The £1.2 million project will restore the timber loch-side landmark and deliver new residential accommodation, social and changing facilities. Key upgrades include a remodelling of the basement level and a new build extension featuring six twin-bedrooms and a new common room.

New electrical and IT systems will also be delivered while staff chalets will be converted into self-catering accommodation.

The winner of the second contract will meanwhile deliver a newbuild boat storage facility at the university’s rowing club in Strathclyde Country Park. Known as the Strathclyde Rowing Centre, the facility is Edinburgh University Boat Club’s (EUBC) main training venue.

The boat-house project will double EUBC’s existing storage capacity and deliver new offices, a workshop and meeting and changing spaces. The roof, windows, stonework and drainage of the existing rowing centre will also be renewed where required.

The two commissions are the latest to be announced by the historic university which recently launched searches for architects to deliver a refurbishment of 7-8 Chambers Street, a £20m academic hub, and a raft of projects worth around £80.6 million in total.

Applicants for the two latest contracts must have held an average annual turnover of at least £200,000 over the past three years. Both teams must also be led by an ARB-registered architect and feature a mechanical and electrical engineer and structural engineer.

Employer’s liability insurance of £5 million, public liability insurance cover £5 million and £2 million worth of professional indemnity insurance will furthermore be required.

The deadline for applications for both projects is 12noon on 15 February.

How to apply

View the Firbush Outdoor Centre contract notice for more information

View the Strathclyde Rowing Centre contract notice for more information

Contact details

Laura Skinner
University of Edinburgh
Charles Stewart House
9-16 Chambers Street

Tel: +44 1316509368
Email: laura.skinner@ed.ac.uk


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