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Bennetts reveals Edinburgh Uni scheme

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Bennetts Associates has revealed plans for the final phase of the University of Edinburgh’s Potterrow development

The proposed Data Technology Institute is the third and final phase of the wider masterplan which the practice has been working on since 2003.

The practice’s earlier phases – the university’s Informatics and Humanities faculties – were worked up alongside Scottish practice Reiach and Hall, and went on to win the 2009 RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for the best new building in Scotland.

The scheme, which has been submitted for planning, includes research space, robotics labs, space for start-ups, alongside research, teaching and administration spaces.  

The building will be clad in natural stone and marble-aggregate polished concrete to reflect the character of its Georgian surroundings.  

Rab Bennetts, founding director of Bennetts Associates, said: ‘The project was the first major urban project carried out by our Edinburgh studio but the east side of the project was left unfinished due to uncertainty about funding at that time. 

‘It also broke new ground in the design of internal workspace and, because we carried out extensive monitoring of the first phases, we have been able to incorporate the lessons learned into the revised design.’

The project is expected to complete in early 2018.

Project data 

Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Type of project education
Architect Bennetts Associates
Project manager Faithful+Gould
Structural engineer Buro Happold
Services engineer Buro Happold
Quantity surveyor Turner & Townsend
CDM Co-ordinator Faithful+Gould
Landscape architect Ironside Farrar
Fire engineer Atelier Ten
BREEAM assessor RSP Consulting Engineers
Acoustic consultant ew Acoustics
Completion date 2018

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  • So, clad in 'natural stone and marble-aggregate polished concrete to reflect the character of its Georgian surroundings' - really? These Georgian surroundings don't figure in the published images, and are presumably facing this development on the opposite side of the street.
    Actually, no - just a range of nondescript modern five storey blocks of flats over retail, save for one older section of what might loosely be termed 'Georgian' but doesn't really look it.
    The only consistent feature that's remotely Georgian is the eaves height.

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