Bennetts Beats Seven To Land Edinburgh University Job
Posted on: 23/12/2015

Bennetts Associates has been selected to restore a Grade A Scottish hospital into a new facility for Edinburgh University, beating seven other firms shortlisted for the project. Originally designed in 1879 as the Surgical Hospital, it was then moved to a new site in the south of the city in 2003, but has remained empty since.

The university bought the site in December and plans to use the building to bring together different strands of its arts, humanities, sciences and social science programmes. Design work is due to start early next year, where cloud surveys will be taken so the whole project can be done using BIM from the start.

The project is part of the Quartermile Development, which will see the rest of the Royal Infirmary site redeveloped into a housing and retail scheme, which was masterplanned by Foster & Partners. The Edinburgh-based firms Richard Murphy Architects and Comprehensive Design Architects are working on the buildings.

Professor Timothy O’Shea, the university’s principal, said: “Given our long relationship, it is fitting that this beautiful building is to become a permanent part of the university.

“It will enable us to expand our outstanding teaching facilities and help us consolidate our position as a world-class university that is accessible to the wider community.”

Rab Bennetts of Bennetts Associates added: “We’re thrilled to be working with Edinburgh University once again, helping them to achieve their very ambitious estates strategy.”

It will be the firm’s third major project for the University, following the Doolan Prizewinning Potterrow development and the Data Technology Institute, which is due to start on site soon.

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