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Quintet sought for £80.6m Edinburgh uni bonanza

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The University of Edinburgh is recruiting five architects for a raft of projects worth around £80.6 million in total

The prestigious university is procuring separate design teams for five new projects spread across its Easter Bush, Western General, BioQuarter, Kings Buildings and Central Area campuses simultaneously.

The first £1.6 million scheme will create a new Developmental Imaging Technology facility inside the basement of the university’s BMJ Architects-designed Queen’s Medical Research Institute.

Planned to complete in 2020 – the 300m² facility will create a new subterranean base for medical computing, image analysis and radiochemistry on the Edinburgh BioQuarter.

The second £32 million project will deliver a new Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences also located in the Edinburgh BioQuarter.

The 10,000m² building – expected to open in 2023 – will host a ‘collaborative community’ of up to 600 researchers focussing on statistics, computer science, clinical science, social policy, ethics, geography and medicine.

A 4,500m² tenanted shell space – sharing social spaces with the Usher Institute – will also be included.

The third appointment involves refurbishing the university’s Grade B-listed Joseph Black Building which is home to the School of Chemistry.

Planned to complete in 2024, the project will create a ‘modern, efficient and stimulating working and learning environment’ within the purpose-built 1924 structure.

The fourth commission covers the design of a £6 million extension to the university’s Easter Bush campus hospital which has recently witnessed a 10 per cent surge in patient caseloads.

Planned to complete in 2022, the project will transform an existing car park into a 1,400m² new build and deliver a 600m² internal reconfiguration of existing structures.

The final contract is for the first two phases of a new School of Engineering on the university’s King’s Buildings Campus.

The £21 million project – set to finish in 2023 – will create a 3,500 m2 facility housing structures and fire laboratorys, and a 2 800 m2 buiding hosting academic offices and postgraduate areas.

The new contracts come a month after John McAslan + Partners was announced winner of an international competition for the University of Edinburgh’s new £60 million School of Geosciences.

The deadline for applications is 12noon on 30 August.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

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

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


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