7-8 Chambers Street fit-out


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Higher Education
University of Edinburgh
March 2019
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Transforming a key city centre landmark in Edinburgh

The refurbished property on Chambers Street, in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, provides a new base for the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA).

Due to pressures on the University's accommodation and the need to meet academic timetables, they chose the Scape Major Works Scotland framework to enable an accelerated site start for this newly-purchased property rather than their standard procurement route.

Key facts

  • 98.55% waste diverted from landfill (target 96%)
  • 93.45% SME spend
  • 100% local labour employed
  • 5 floors with a mixture of 9 class/seminar rooms and offices

The renovated four-storey building – previously a police training school – includes modern and accessible learning and teaching spaces, a design studio and crit space for ESALA, and a trades base for the Estates Department. The open-plan studio on the top floor roof space has a distinctive character with exposed steel trusses and an abundance of natural light, the perfect learning environment for architectural students.

It creates a vibrant hub of activity, with state-of-the-art facilities.
Victoria Brambini, Managing Director

Working with Collective Architecture, our restoration of the Category C-listed building designed in 1887 by David Cousin and James Lessels, preserves the original defining features. We also created a link through to the Category B-listed Adam House, home to a university examination hall, to allow students easy access between the two.

The project will have lasting benefits beyond the build process, which promises to help provide our industry with the next generation of architects.
Mark Robinson, Chief Executive