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14 March 2019

Robertson completes £3m refurbishment project for the University of Edinburgh

Refurbishment at 7-8 Chambers Street

Robertson has completed a £3.1m refurbishment project for The University of Edinburgh – with work also recently concluded on another campus development.

The infrastructure firm has refurbished a four-storey building at 7-8 Chambers Street in the centre of the city. The former police training school has been transformed into a new base for the University's Architecture and Landscape Architecture students, with accessible general teaching space also created.

The project was procured via Major Works Scotland, part of Scape's National Construction framework. The framework has been configured to deliver significant levels of local economic engagement, ongoing apprenticeship schemes and community initiatives through an extensive Scottish supply chain.

Robertson has also recently completed the refurbishment of the Lister Learning and Teaching Centre for the University. The project, which has a value of £5.7m, has provided modern teaching and lecture facilities for the University's students.

David Cairns, Managing Director, Robertson Central East, said: "We have worked closely with the University of Edinburgh on a number of projects and we are delighted to have handed over 7-8 Chambers Street on time and on budget.

"This has been an extensive refurbishment and I have no doubt that the new teaching spaces will be of huge benefit to students and staff alike. We are extremely proud of the quality of the modern new facilities whilst retaining key features of the 1887 Grade C listed building."

Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, commented: "The University of Edinburgh and Robertson have done a fantastic job in transforming 7-8 Chambers Street and providing the University's Architecture and Landscape Architecture students with a new hub of design and inspiration. The project will have lasting benefits beyond the build process, which promises to help provide our industry with the next generation of architects.

"Working in a busy city centre location presents challenges during construction and Robertson were able to overcome these to deliver the scheme on budget and on time, while ensuring minimal disruption to residents, students and faculty staff."

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